You can thank @madody‘s really awesome webcomic, @wild-wasp, for this guy. Eyup, this boy is literally a fancharacter for a webcomic about cowboy bugs, and I gotta say that’s the best premise for a comic I’ve ever seen. I definitely recommend giving it a look but know it doesn’t have a bunch of pages atm.
He was supposed to be a moth but I feel he lost a bit of those mothy features during creation. (specifically a
white-lined sphinx or hummingbird moth)
White-Lined Sphinx Moth by Thomas Hamel Via Flickr: Hyles lineata feeding on Ocotillo
Joshua Tree National Park
Note that the robot tagged the image “hummingbird” - that’s how big the moth is and what the tourists thought they were. Beth and I have wanted to see this action for yonks, so it was especially gratifying to find them in beautiful afternoon light. I’m pretty sure Beth has better shots - I’m still learning to use a grown-up camera.
The arrival of tender spring vegetation in the desert is a signal for the arrival of hungry opportunists. I saw thousands of white-lined sphinx moth caterpillars (Hyles lineata) on the march across the Cottonwood Canyon bajada at Joshua Tree. They would strip a plant bare, and then move on. I had never seen the black-striped western morph before. Back east we prefer our H. lineata caterpillars camouflaged green, to better blend in with the tomato plants they are eating.
Hm. Not sure if this actually uploaded or not, but here’s a moth I’d like some help with an ID (and I figured you’d like to see it too). It was super pretty and fairly big and I saw it while out canvassing in St. Louis.
If the image doesn’t upload, just shoot me an Ask and I’ll try again.
You found yourself a White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata) a beautiful species of sphinx moth (Sphingidae).