Wide, angled tan lines cross the dark brown wings of the Banded Sphinx Moth, enhancing its triangular shape. The hindwings have bright pink bottom edges, and when stretched out, one can see a black eyespot on a pink background by the body. The tan thorax has a dark line of hairs running down the middle and the dark body has a tan line running down the middle.
The caterpillar changes colors, starting out green with white diagonal side stripes and a long black horn or ‘tail’. It may be black with white diagonal side lines and a lime green line by the legs. It may also be pinkish-purple. The coloring depends on the caterpillar’s maturity. Primrose and Evening primrose are food sources and the larvae feed on the leaves. In warmer states, two broods can be produced and the later one pupates through winter.
Look for the large adults in areas where host plants grow like gardens, woods, and fields. Look for large, round eggs under the leaves of primrose plants in early spring as well as later in summer.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.