Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1172855

One-eyed sphinx
Smerinthus cerisyi

Observation date: July 21, 2018
Submitted by: Seattle best moths
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Was on my back porch in early morning. Saw it while looking out slider waiting for my dog to finish breakfast so I could let him out to go potty. Thought it was quite large and had not seen one like this before in my 40 years living in seattle area so I took some pics with phone. First pic is while dog is eating. Second pic is after it was spooked by my dog walking right by it as he went out to go potty. 2nd pic blew my mind. I could not believe what I saw. It had opened its hindwings to reveal the image of a fox/dog/coyote. It made we awe in the ability of evolution once again. How the world would a moth know to do this and how does evolution know to do this. Makes you wonder.
Status: Resident
Verified by: davidwdroppers
Verified date: July 27, 2018
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Snohomish County, United States, Washington