Playing hide and seek in the garden

This amazing moth made an appearance around our Datura the other night - entranced by the sweet scent of the white trumpet-shaped blooms. In the dark, my DH and I both watched it fluttering around.

When I first heard it close by, I thought it might be a hummingbird, but then I caught a full-moon lit glimpse and realized it was a huge moth.

Then yesterday a giant thing blew by my head while I was out pruning, and lo and behold it was our moth. I raced to get the camera, expecting it to be long gone by the time I returned.

Happily it was not. I climbed on a chair to get a closer look and took her portrait.

One of my twitter tweeps thought it might be a leopard moth. I haven't been able to ID it yet -- what do you think?

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