This amorous couple is ensuring there is a new generation of beautiful moths to observe. Blinded sphinxes can be found throughout most of the United States and southern Canada. The name is thought to come from the fact that the eyespot on the hind wing (not shown here) lacks the “pupil” that many moth and butterfly eyespots have …lending to the suggestion that it is “blind.” Like many species of moths, after emerging from the cocoon, the adults do not feed at all. They are similar in appearance to another species, the small-eyed sphinx (Paonias myops). The blinded sphinx has a scalloped outer margin on the wings with a faint white edge. In the north and west, they are most commonly found in June and July.
Photo by Pat Leininger on 6/19/20 in Eureka, MT.