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    Californian in DC DrWurm's Avatar
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    Had a Visitor Tonight

    This White-Lined Sphinx Moth flew into our kitchen tonight and promptly landed on my head. It was rather calm and didn't mind me taking a few shots of it and even putting it in a dangerous position or two.







    Check out the pink spots when it flutters its wings!




    In my little brother's hands


    In the end, I released it. It reminded me much more of a hamster or bunny rabbit than an insect. I could never have fed that to my plants!

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    Darn, it was so close to falling in.

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    Ahhhhh, Hyles lineata, if I remember correctly. I collected some larvae in SoCal a couple years back, I had one of the moths framed, but the freakin' dermestids got to it.
    Anyways, beautiful moth.
    Last edited by PlantAKiss; 04-14-2009 at 07:40 PM. Reason: Word change

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    It is quite a beauty. I wanted to keep it and give it a name, but I don't exactly have a moth keeping area :'(

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    They're rather difficult to feed anyways, since they have like a three foot (not really) proboscis that they use while hovering. You'd have to keep it still and manually unfurl it into a dish of water/honey or sugar solution.
    Quite a pain in the butt.

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    Very good photography. You captured its essence very well!
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    Nice shots!

    The ones down here are quite loud. Last summer, I thought that a small bird had landed in the grass while I was watering. It turned out to be one of these guys.
    -Joel from Southern California


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    these are my favorite mantids feed! They are full of delicious nutirients, and the battle are epic. And they ar epretty! a triple threat if ever ive heard one.
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