Vine Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha vitis)

Origin: Temperate North and South America
Sighted at: My apartment complex, Hill Country, Austin, TX

I’m in the process of moving out of my apartment to a new leased home here in Austin, so it’s time for a couple of the last-ever shots from this neck of the woods!

There’s a ton of moths around the apartment complex these days, but this enormous critter stood out. This is a Vine Sphinx Moth, and for that identification (in particular in distinguishing it from the very-similar Banded Sphinx Moth), I am indebted to the enormous collection of moth photographs by Valerie G. Bugh of Austin’s apparently-enormous variety of these hairy bugs.