Virginia Creeper Sphinx Moth

Darapsa myron
SPHINX MOTH FAMILY (Sphingidae)

Description
This moth has a 2 – 2 1/2 inch wingspan. The wings are hooked. Forewings are mostly a patchwork of brown and tan colors, although frequently tan and olive-green. Hindwings are a salmon pink. The thorax has some rust-colored hairs on top. The body is chunky and is pale green on the top and tan below.

Occurrence
This is a common moth in Fontenelle Forest. It is attracted to lights and occasionally comes to flowers.

Comments
Another name for this moth is Hog Sphinx. The larva can be green, pink or brown. The body is swollen at the first abdominal segment. The food plants of the larvae are ampelopsis, viburnums and Virginia creeper.

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