What Large Moths Do at 3 A.M.

Why I got to my destination at 3 A.M. is a story for another time, but when I got there I couldn’t resist the chance to take pictures of this large moth.


While it was holding my thumb, it vibrated its wings several times. Moths do this to heat up their flight muscles.


Underneath the top wings are a second set that’s very colorful. For those of you who are keeping score, this is a northern pine sphinx moth.