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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A last moth pic

I just had to include this pic of the White-lined Sphinx Moth as it shows it's probiscus extended for about 2 inches. It also appears (though you have to double-click on the pic to enlarge it) that the probiscus is touching a flower stolon on one flower above the flower where it's probiscus is inserted. Since the probiscus is described as a tube, I wouldn't think that it could absorb liquid by touching a stolon in this manner but you never know.

According to,
White-lined Sphinx Moths "can hover over flowers before zooming over to another area in a manner very similar to that of a hummingbird. Because this flight pattern requires so much energy and produces such large amounts of body heat, the White Lined Sphinx Moth usually emerges at dusk to seek out flowers whose nectar has a high amount of energy-giving sugar in the fluid. The White Lined Sphinx Moth may remain active all night and sometimes into the morning." SeEtta


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