This is the male I found at one of the check-in booths
at a Strawberry Reservoir campground. The lady working
there said these moths had been there for two days. They
were gorgeous. This one was smaller than the one
below so I'm pretty sure it is the male.
The" eyes", coupled with the grey body,
make it look like an elephant.
© Carol Davis 8-23-2011
The flash of my camera brought out way too much blue in this
photo but this is the much larger female.
She has a lot more blue in her "eyes" whereas the male has
more black. © Carol Davis
My friend Ruth and I found this one two days later at
Strawberry at our campground. I don't know if its
male or female but I suspect female because of its size. You
can barely see some pink showing under
the top wings. The larvae of Smerinthus
cerisyi feed on willow and poplar. Because I
used no flash in this
photo, the bluish cast is subdued. ©
Carol Davis 8-25-2011
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