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  • Pandorus Sphinx Moth - (Eumorpha pandorus)

    Pandorus Sphinx Moth - (Eumorpha pandorus)

    The Pandorus Sphinx Moth is a large, patchy moth seen in the eastern part of the continent.

    Staff Writer (8/4/2015): This hawk moth boasts a healthy size. Some hawk moths are occasionally mistaken for small birds. They are fast fliers and nocturnal. The Pandorus Sphinx Moth adult drinks nectar from various flowers so it is likely to be seen in gardens, vineyards, near rivers or in meadows. They can also be found near forest edges or blending in with the foliage inside woodlands.

    Adults are attracted to lights at night and are active from spring through fall. They enjoy warmer climates and are best viewed at dusk or dawn, when they are most active.

    Caterpillars of this moth are either green, or a bright orange-red color with 6 white spots on the sides of their body, the first of which is much smaller then the others. They can be found eating grapes and grapevines as well as the leaves of Virginia creeper, a native vine.

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    Pandorus Sphinx Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Pandorus Sphinx Moth
    Scientific Name: Eumorpha pandorus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sphingidae
           Genus: Eumorpha
            Species: pandorus

    Size (Adult, Length): 82mm to 115mm (3.23in to 4.53in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; tan; white; pink; yellow; green; olive; gray

    Additional Descriptors: marbled, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * 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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