Monday, July 04, 2011

One-eyed Sphinx Moth

I noticed this beauty hanging out at our front door here at the Nature Centre this morning. It's called a One-eyed Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus cerisyi). If the name seems a little odd, it's only because this moth has its wings folded. If the wings were spread, you'd be able to see black spots with bluish rings inside them, all surrounded with pink and beige.

The eye spots are a means of defence for this sphinx and many other moths. Suddenly flashing eye spots at an approaching bird may confuse the predator enough to scare it away.

For a look at the spread wings, check out the specimen here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice photo and information. We have a few of these around our new home (Wasaga Beach, Ontario) and I was wondering what it was!

Your info is concise and factual. I have not seen one with it's wings open yet, but look forward to it, now that you have told me about THAT!