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
Common name: Blinded Sphinx, Latin Species name: Paonias excaecata
Collected in Ottawa, Ontario on July 3, 2004
The Blinded Sphinx (Paonias excaecatus) is a member of the fast-flying sphinx moth (or hawk moth) family. There are an estimated 1,450 species of sphinx moth worldwide.
The Blinded Sphinx is just one of several sphinx species with large eyespots on the hind wing which are hidden from sight when the moth is resting. When disturbed by a predator (typically, a bird), the moth flashes these bold and colourful markings to startling effect, giving the moth a brief moment to elude being eaten.
This moth has a wingspread of 70 mm.