Moth Time at the Nature Center (pt. 1):
So, there have been quite a number of moths appearing at the nature center here (in Houston) over the past few days. The most noticeable by far is this large Tersa Sphinx (Xylophanes tersa) that appeared on the front porch this morning. The body was about 4.5 cm long.
This species is found throughout Eastern North America all the way down to central South America. As larvae, they feed on the leaves of a variety of plants, but here in the park they’re feeding on Pentas, Firebush (Hamelia patens), and Catalpa.