The heat has brought an intimidating cloud of insects to our porch light. Among them were these huge moths! One died last night ( the discheveled one). The other one showed up tonight almost as if to mourn it's friend.
Update: We were curious about the moths behavior so we called up the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum's Michael Caterino (Curator of Entomology) in hopes of getting a little bit more information.
After seeing our picture here on City2, Michael said that it was a Sphinx Moth (hyles lineata). They're attracted to night blooming flowers, and are native to the area. When flying, they resemble hummingbirds. I saw a bunch of these outside of the Coffee Cat the other day sticking their proboscides into the flowers in the tree out front.
Many thanks to Mr. Caterino for the help!
Tagged: santa barbara, moth, sphinx moth, lyles lineata, hummingbirds, downtown, spring