Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1319933

Mournful sphinx
Enyo lugubris

Observation date: February 20, 2022
Submitted by: DGoboff
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I thought I saw a hummingbird, but after research I thought it was a hummingbird moth. I submitted an image and MP4 to the Florida Entomology group and they gave me a positive ID of Enyo lugubris or Mournful sphinx. I observed them on Feb 15, 16, and 20 - 2022 at twilight, between 6:30pm and 6:40pm. There were between 3 and 5. It was hard to tell because light was dropping and because they moved so fast! When they flew by my head I was able to hear the hum that was the beating of their wings. Also, several times there was a bird stalking them. It would wait and then launch itself towards the tree. The tree was a male papaya (flowers but no fruit).
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: February 21, 2022
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida, Broward County