Sphinx moths and hawk moths are members of the Sphingidae family. They are strong flying insects with rapid wingbeats, making them difficult to photograph. The adults feed on flowers at dusk or at night.
Their larvae or caterpillars are the hornworms that live on the leaves of tomatoes and tobacco, making them unpopular with gardeners and farmers.
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The caterpillars will also eat the leaves of Four O'Clock, Apple, Evening Primrose, Elm, Grapes, Purslane and a few other plants.
Uniquely, they pupate in the ground and if you garden a lot like we do, you've seen them. I usually toss them out to the birds for them to feed their babies.
The native range of this beautiful moth is from South America to Canada. It is not endangered.