Cool Critters

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  1. puckhead

    puckhead Waxing Gibbous Contributor

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    Found this guy on a walk around work. For scale, he's about as big a a man's palm. I think it is a rustic sphinx moth.

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    Very cool ph.
     
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    puckhead Waxing Gibbous Contributor

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    Thanks! New phone takes pretty good pix and he let me walk right up there and snap it close.
     
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    Rivercard Too much good stuff

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    That thing would be frightening if it ate meat.
     
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    He's not missing many meals, I can tell you that.
     
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    DeAnna Just A Face in The Crowd

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    Found this guy one day hanging on to my side view mirror (this was in Honolulu). Even driving full speed, he wouldn't let go, lol.

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    He appears to be praying for dear life. :eek:
     
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    DeAnna Just A Face in The Crowd

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    As pretty as he is...
    1) They are kept by private collectors - he is an escapee
    2) There was one for years at Tempe Town Lake - disappeared when they drained the lake to install the new dam
    3) So many have escaped in California that they are breeding there now
    4) Closest relative is our own Wood Duck

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    There are photos of him and the wood duck hanging out at the pond - probably taunting all the ugly ducks, lol.

    Consensus seems to be that he is an escapee.
     

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