the night before last, we noticed a big ol moth decided to get stuck (or just live, idk) on our screen door.
finally saw it move a bit today, and decided it needed to be somewhere where it could actually blend in. gently got it off our screen door, and as I brought it out into the sun, it started moving, more, even crawling around up my arm a bit.
grabbed some photos of it before it flew off. as the sun warmed it up, it started vibrating its wings like “preparing for liftoff”. i could feel it on my hand. so cute!
anyway, it flew off to the bushes against the wall, now promptly hidden amongst branches and such, nicely hidden from view. decided to share.
also, i’m in soCal, anyone have any idea what type of moth this would be?
Oh, John! Can you help?
I think this is a White-lined Sphinx, which common across North America. Adults nectar at flowers, sometimes during the day.
thanks so much for figuring it out! glad I finally have a name for it!
it was such a cutie! :]