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White-lined Sphinx Moth — Image by kenne

White-lined sphinx moths are among the largest flying insects of the deserts, with adult wingspans exceeding 5 inches.
Larvae can be just as long, up to 5 inches, with most having a prominent horn at the rear of their fleshy body.
When alarmed, these larvae rear up their heads in a threatening sphinx-like posture and may emit a thick,
green substance from their mouths.

The body of the white-lined sphinx moth ranges in length from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. It has a prominent brown head,
a brown thorax with 6 white stripes and a brown abdomen with paired dark spots on each segment.
The forewings are brown with a buff-colored band from base to tip and veins outlined in white.
The hind wings are pink, turning to dark brown near the margins.


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White-lined Sphinx Moth — Image by kenne

Interesting creature —
is it a bird, a plane or
a white-lined sphinx moth?

— kenne


White-lined Sphinx Moth — Abstract Art   3 comments

White-lined Sphinx Moth — Abstract Art by kenne

When we are faced by something
that really threatens us,
it’s impossible to look around,
even though that is
the safest and most sensible thing to do.

— Paulo Coelho

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The sphinx moth (family Sphingidae) is also called the hawk moth and the hummingbird moth
because of its hovering, swift flight patterns. These stout-bodied moths have long,
narrow forewings and shorter hindwings, with wingspans ranging from 2 to 8 inches.
Many species pollinate flowers such as orchids, petunias and evening primroses
while sucking their nectar with a proboscis (feeding tube) that exceeds 10 inches in some species.

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“I blush blue and exemplary
as it zips down to the river,
and flycatches the road’s more
ambiguous edges, pleats the ground
with all the markers of the year
into a half-circle of older silver lamps.”

— from The Gregory Quarter-Acre Clause by Medbh McGuckian

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I heard a poet answer
Aloud and cheerfully,
‘Say on, sweet Sphinx! thy dirges
Are pleasant songs to me.
Deep love lieth under
These pictures of time;
They fade in the light of
Their meaning sublime.

— from The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Act as if what you do makes a difference.
It does.

— William James

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Basic core Symbolism of the Sphinx Moth for the Soul Medicine:

1 Nourishment that is unique unto you (or your needs);
2 To apply Pressure or Will (‘to squeeze’ the changes forth);
3 To give warning before you get angry or to set boundaries;
4 Act with Precision (actions of flight or flight);
5 Flight increases in Dreaming or a Soul dream.

— Elder Mountain Dreaming



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I have lived my life as best I could not knowing its purpose,
but drawn forward like a moth to a distant moon.
And here, at last, I discover a strange truth.
That I am only a conduit, for a message
that eludes my understanding. 

— Ezio Auditore da Firenze

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Like moths in general, they at nocturnal and often seen at dusk, as was the case for this white-lined sphinx. I was watering some potted plant when I saw this moth darting from blossom to blossom. The white-lined sphinx  is often called a hawk moth and the hummingbird moth because of its hovering, swift flight patterns. (The white-lined sphinx moth ranges in length from 2 1/2 to 3/12 inches.) These characteristics, added to low light at dusk, make it a challenge to photograph, which is why I used a flash to capture these images.


Capturing The Moment — Night Primrose, Sphinx Moth & Love’s Sprite   2 comments

Cutleaf Evening Primrose — Image by kenne

Primrose: Love’s Sprite

by Stephen Parker

Love blossomed in the darkest night
Morn’s gilding beams to spite
Night Primrose preened by tender blight
As Sphinx Moth, soft tips caress; sugary nectar slight
Perfumed aroma doth prating, intoxicated courtier incite
Glazed petals with dewy fans stream delight
Golden cup a succouring armchair from which passions alight 
Delicate, cream veil eclipses pallid, stolid moonlight
With availing breeze your dreamy parasol on Cupid’s wing takes flight

White-lined Sphinx Moth Getting Nectar from Dakota Mock Vervain — Image by kenne

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