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Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

Posted by fighting8r 10 Fort Myers Florid (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 4, 09 at 19:31


Found this guy just now climbing up a tree, maybe just eclosed. I believe it to be a rustic sphinx.

We are going to hold him for a bit till he "wakes up" after nightfall, so we can see him moving around and let him go.

He has the most crazy proboscis!!! It looks like spaghetti it is so long and wound up!


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

What a great picture! It looks like one to me - is it huge?
They love moon flowers and other deep throated flowers.
Sherry


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

It's like 2.75" from nose to wingtip. Not the hugest but a pretty good size.


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I bet te wing spread is a good 4 to 5 inches! Wow, what a beauty. Reminds me of a beautiful brocade dress!


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

Released another of these last week. Had him on some duranta cuttings in the pool cage and he disappeared (presumably) into a large potted plant, and we had all but forgotten about him. Anyway the other day there he was sitting on the screen! They are sooo cool.


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

That is quite a photo! Is duranta a host plant? Thanks for sharing your pics.

Sandy


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

Wow.....What an incredible picture!


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Yes, I've found them on duranta, although I believe they have a number of hosts. Usually I don't see them till they've eaten so much of the plant that I notice the leaves missing. Which is funny because the cats are like almost 4 inches by then. But well camouflaged.


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

The rustic sphinx will use that long proboscis to get the nectar in long-throated flowers, like moonflowers. I need to plant these again -
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I found a caterpillar once on the gardenia bush in my garden. It was very pretty, with purple one of its colors.
Sherry


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

Yes Sherry, I have some good pics of the caterpillar somewhere... they are pretty.


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RE: Lookee here! Rustic sphinx?

This sphinx larvae have a very wide range of host plants. Check out Bill Oehlke's reports of various plants.

Susan

Here is a link that might be useful: Manduca rustica aka Rustic Sphinx


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