J. Gordon "Blackburn's Sphinx Moth"

J. Gordon "Blackburn's Sphinx Moth"


J. Gordon (Seattle)

Blackburn's Sphinx Moth
graphite and ink on bristol
9" x 12" (framed to 18" x 15")

In the 1970s it was believed that Blackburn’s sphinx moth was extinct. However, it was rediscovered in 1984 when a single population was found on Maui. Subsequently, populations have also been discovered on Kaho’olawe and Hawaii. Threats to the moth include loss and degradation of habitat from urban and agricultural development, invasion by non-native plant species, habitat fragmentation and degradation, increased wildfire frequency, and disturbance by grazing cattle. In addition, non-native parasitoids and insect predators have directly impacted moth populations and significantly reduced the species’ range. Blackburn’s sphinx moth is also susceptible to over-collection for personal collections or for trade. https://xerces.org/blackburns-sphinx-moth/

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