Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 698170

Fig sphinx
Pachylia ficus

Observation date: February 17, 2012
Submitted by: dick.brewer
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Observed on Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea) in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples FL, for approximately 1.5 weeks. On same fig tree eating leaves at tips of branches but moving from branch to branch for fresh leaves. Frequently head down and bending backwards to reach new leaves.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: July 23, 2013
Coordinator notes: This is the brown "cryptic form of a Pachylia ficus larva. Here is a web page with more information and photos about the species. Great photo! SAT. http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/pficus.htm
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida