Pandora Sphinx Moth digital photograph
A few mornings ago I found this beautiful moth on the our front porch wall when I went out to get the paper. I had never seen anything like it before and watched it mesmerized. I then ran inside to grab my camera hoping it will still be there when I got back. I loved the combination of olive green and the pink and the beautiful delicate markings. Googling moths, I discovered its name and information. The adults feed on nectar and prefer flowers that open at night and are sometimes seen on petunias. That explained the moths presence - there was a basket of petunias by the door :). Apparently the larvae feed on grape leaves and virginia creepers --and we do have virginia creepers in our yard. Their coloration is so much like camouflage military fatigues that I am sure its very easy to not 'see' these in the garden. In fact I think their shape resembles one of those military aircrafts too! The scientific name is Eumorpha pandorus and whatsthatbug.com informed me that 'eumorpha' in Greek means 'fair of form' and the species name pandorus means 'giving all' or 'given all.' Apparently the larvae look like sphinx -now I am really curious - I will have to look harder in the garden. As artists, I think our obsessions, compulsions and how much time and energy we devote to art, seems to have something in common with the moths, as expressed by Helen Hunt Jackson:
Bee to blossom,
Moth to flame,
Each to his passion.