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    Nessus Sphinx Moth - (Amphion floridensis)

    Its large size, day-time flying habit and bright twin yellow abdominal stripes make it hard to miss the Nessus Sphinx Moth.

    Staff Writer (1/26/2017): The Nessus Sphinx is a member of Sphingidae, a family of powerfully fast moths that are typically seen drinking flower nectar. The Nessus Sphinx has two yellow bands on the abdomen that are thought to help it mimic a wasp as it hovers over blooms. The tip of the abdomen has a tuft of hair. Flashes of bright orange-pink on the hindwings can be seen on spread wings.They are active both day and night, making it easier to encounter them in gardens. They can also be found in forests, parks, along waterways and in backyards.

    Adults drink the nectar of a variety of flowers like phlox, lilacs, geraniums and mock orange trees. The larvae can be found feasting on grapevines, Virginia creeper, peppervines and cayenne pepper plants. When ready to pupate, larvae move to the ground and build a small chamber underground.

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    Nessus Sphinx Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Nessus Sphinx Moth
    Scientific Name: Amphion floridensis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sphingidae
           Genus: Amphion
            Species: floridensis

    Size (Adult, Length): 40mm to 60mm (1.57in to 2.36in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, yellow, orange, pink

    Additional Descriptors: bands, stripes, furry, hairy, flying,

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Nova Scotia

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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