Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 744007

Asella sphinx
Sphinx asellus

Observation date: September 24, 2012
Submitted by: rcoltman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Partly cloudy afternoon. Moth was waterlogged in our pool, clinging for its life to a vacuum hose floating at the surface of the pool. To avoid harming the creature further, my wife and I used a jar to capture it to avoid touching it as much as possible. It remained in the jar (the lid had holes poked in it for ventilation) with a couple "excursions" from the jar (I carefully removed it, careful not to touch its wings) to ensure it received proper airflow so it could dry. It remained very calm and mostly still, only moving when prompted and when it fluttered it wings once for several minutes (I assume to promote faster drying). We intend to keep it until it's dry and then release it.
Status: Resident
Verified by: kellyrichers
Verified date: September 25, 2012
Coordinator notes: Could be a chersis, but asellus seems the best bet. Kelly
Checklist region(s): United States, Arizona, Maricopa County