Is this a Great Planet or What?

This morning I found this moth here in the Marina. (It was already dead.)

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The wing span is 3.25 inches, 83mm. If you click on the photo it will get bigger. But, don’t scare yourself.

Many great photos of related moths at
https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1318&bih=615&q=Daphnis+nerii+moth&oq=Daphnis+nerii+moth&gs_l=img.3…2585.7756.0.8660.6.1.0.5.5.0.327.327.3-1.1.0….0…1ac.1.51.img..4.2.331.C_dznU-l8ww 

When we were in Mexico in the 1980s, right at dusk, many very large moths, probably a little bigger than this, would come out and zoom around the anchorage. Presumably catching bugs. This was way before the Internet, and we had no idea what they were really called. We call them B52s after the now ancient bomber.

I just looked on the Internet, and could find no mention of moths that catch bugs in the adult stage. So, I don’t know what they were doing. Mating? They were certainly energetic. But, I never got to see one, other than a blur. I’m quite sure that it was not a bat or bird. Perhaps an undiscovered species. If anyone knows the answer please tell me. 

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2 thoughts on “Is this a Great Planet or What?

  1. Dave, It looks like a Pandorus Sphinx moth to me. Don’t know how to reply to a blog post, hence the e-mail. Ingrid

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