|Abbot's Sphinx Moth on the screen, its abdominal tip in its characteristic upright position - REK|
|Note glimpse of the yellow patch on the covered hind wing - Jon Rapp|
|First instar - Jo Ann Poe-McGavin|
|Last instar - Jo Ann Poe-McGavin|
The larvae feed on grape species, Vitis and Ampelopsisare. They are equally cool looking, going through dramatic changes with each molting. As described in Bugguide:
"Larvae start out green with a horn on the final segment. Middle instar larvae are whitish to blue-green with dark faint cross-stripes and the horn replaced by an orange raised knob on the last segment (A8). The last instars may be either brown with a "wood-grain" pattern or brown with ten pale green saddles along the back. In these late instars the knob resembles an eye."
Knob as an "eye" - REK
|Note the 3-pronged furry abdominal tip held upright - REK|
|Released, just before flying off - REK|
Not to be out done, Kevin Firth sent me his gorgeous picture of a new (to us) moth he photographed at Rocky Barrens CA recently. This is likely Kent's Geometer, Selenia ketaria.