Nessus Sphinx Moth – 7/1/19

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/1/19

Observation Time: 4:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Trustees of Reservations’ Moose Hill Farm

Common Name: Nessus Sphinx Moth

Scientific Name: Amphion floridensis

Comments: The Nessus Sphinx is a member of Sphingidae, a family of powerfully fast moths that are typically seen drinking flower nectar. The Nessus Sphinx has two yellow bands on the abdomen that are thought to help it mimic a wasp as it hovers over blooms.

More Information: Insect Identification for the Casual Observer