Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1357383

Great ash sphinx
Sphinx chersis

Observation date: May 29, 2023
Submitted by: Okjini
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I found this adorable creature while tending to my flower garden, which is beneath an ash tree in my backyard. As I started pulling up a clump of weeds, I felt something soft and furry and thought it was a mouse at first! This guy was about 5 inches from end to end. I didn't get to see its wingspan because it never opened them and I didn't want to harass it more than I had already. After I took a few photos, I carefully relocated it to a nearby garden.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Sue Gregoire
Verified date: May 31, 2023
Coordinator notes: Well done!
Checklist region(s): United States, Maine, Lincoln County