The Sphinx of San Germano

Sfinge della vite

Sfinge della vite

Sphinx. Exotic name to evoke pyramids, pharaohs and sun gods. Cleopatra. To evoke early studies on the desks of primary school, with enthusiasm and open horizon before the eyes. But Sphinx is also a butterfly, indeed, several butterflies, of course nocturnal by assonance to the aura of mystery that is a must for those who speak of Sphinx, that is of Egypt.
Sphinx is the first name of many nocturnal butterflies; the second is the same as a plant, the leaves of which feed on the caterpillars. Sphinx of the convolvulus, euphorbia, of the pear tree, and a hundred others. Impossible and unnecessary to list them all. There are many, are large and often colorful. But of what use are the colors if they fly at night? It’s a mystery, like the Sphinx, in fact.
That of the images – of D. Avondet – is the sphinx of the screw. And where are the screws in the Chisone Valley? At Pomaretto, because elsewhere, though once numerous, there are no longer.
That of the photos, however, was caught in San Germano Chisone, where the vines are very few: a few Topia, arbor, and all ends there.
However, the scholars tell us that, in the absence of screws, the caterpillars are satisfied by Epilobium and other plants yet. Thank goodness, otherwise goodbye sphinx.
It would be a pity, as is a pity to miss what is beautiful and curious, and also mysterious, because it leads us to think. And look for.

San Germano Chisone

San Germano Chisone

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