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Hyles euphorbiae

Hyles euphorbiae

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Pigment ink photographic print on matte archival quality paper
Print: 10 x 15in. / 25.4cm x 38.01cm
Paper: 13 x 19in. / 33.02cm x 48.26cm

Artist's Insight
Common name: Spurge sphinx, Latin Species name: Hyles euphorbiae

Collected in White Lake, Ontario on June 19, 2004

The Spurge Sphinx (Hyles euphorbiae) is a European moth that was introduced into Renfrew County as a biological control for several invasive spurge plant species (Euphorbia). The native Bedstraw Sphinx (Hyles gallii) is also found in the area. 

The Spurge Sphinx has a more colourful underside than most moths. This specimen is serendipitously balanced on the scanner glass resting on the sides of its legs, with its nose to the glass, and its tail and wings in the air.

The coiled proboscis through which the moth feeds on nectar is clearly visible. The “mud cracks” are caused by post-mortem drying of the surface of the compound eye (ommatidia).

This moth has a wingspread of 69 mm.

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