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Taken in my backyard in Marana, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

The caterpillar stage of the sphinx moth makes its presence known, sometimes overwhelming, while the adult is noticed less often because it is nocturnal. We notice the adult moth for its ability to hover near flowers while extending its elongate probiscus to drink from the nectaries. many people think they are watching hummingbirds until they look more closely. The moth feeds during the day, but also is active at night at night blooming flowers. Because of their large population, these moths are some of the most important pollinators in the Southwest.

After the summer rains begins, the yellowish-green caterpillar stage of the sphinx moth starts its massive march to new territory, searching for soil easy to burrow in. During this time, the two-to-three-inch-long caterpillar dominates the landscape, with possibility millions creeping along. they may eat a bit on plants, but mostly seek a pupation spot. Although the species has several generations during the year only the last batch stages a fall parade.

The Tohono O’ odham used to take advantage of this windfall of animals, harvesting, prepping and drying them to provide a fantastic source of high-protein, low-fat, low cholesterol food for the winter.

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Comments

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    top capture

  • That means a lot Robert, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Dennis Stewart
  • Nice Banner Darlin, thank you Dennis!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 4 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    CONGRATULATIONS
    fantastic capture

  • What a great surprise on this Monday! Thank you so much Gabbie! I am honored for the recognition!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 4 years ago

    wow what a shot,

  • Thank you so much Elaine!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesabout 4 years ago

    well caught

  • Thank you Gareth!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Norfolkimages
    Norfolkimagesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful images

  • I appreciate that, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, well deserved.

  • Thank you Andrea!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your RB feature!

  • I thank you Penny!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugrueabout 4 years ago

    Wow Kimberly! Great capture!

  • Thank you again my new friend! I appreciate that time you took to stop by!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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