Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1314885

Hubbard's Small Silkmoth
Sphingicampa hubbardi

Observation date: October 18, 2021
Date notes: Between 2pm-2-30pm
Submitted by: kttaylor27
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Found a huge ant hill under my tree. Not sure if a Mesquite tree or Palo Verde as I have only lived here a few years. The tree puts out yellow puffs and drops lots of seed pods. I like ants but the indoor of our house is under attack with ants. I saw a group of ants eating a small green insect. I took a hose with a pressure washer attachment and stuck it straight down the ant hole as deep as possible. This has always worked for me. A few minutes later this large insect crawled out and into an empty stake in a pot. What do I do with it now? Will it hurt my garden or attract more ants? The tree is near ranger bushes, lots of aloe, and a grapefruit tree. Weather was a perfect 75°. it is now in a pot and moving around. Very active like. Picture of tree route is where it popped out of and the pod/mushroom thing came out with it.
Status: Resident
Verified by: John Saba
Verified date: October 18, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Arizona, Pima County