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  • Vine Sphinx Moth - (Eumorpha vitis)

    Vine Sphinx Moth - (Eumorpha vitis)

    The Vine Sphinx Moth is a large, streamlined flier with a caterpillar that has a fondness for grape leaves.


    Staff Writer (10/15/2015): The Vine Sphinx Moth has a sleek, striking pattern of lines and stripes on its forewings that is best observed when they are open (flat). Its hindwings hide bright pink patches that are visible when the forewings are stretched out. It is a stark contrast from the neutral coloring along the rest of its body.

    The caterpillar for the Vine Sphinx Moth can be any of three color combinations: pink, pale green or lemony-green. Five pair of diagonal lines run along the sides of the body. It may or may not have black dots as well. The preferred food for this caterpillar is a grape leaf so vineyards are likely to consider this insect a pest.

    This member of the Sphinx Moth family is large, like its relatives, making it easy to spot. They are very common in the Southeastern U.S. as well as the mountainous Southwest. Like most moths, they are attracted to lights at night and are most active in late summer as well as early spring.

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    Details of the:
    Vine Sphinx Moth


    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Vine Sphinx Moth
    Scientific Name: Eumorpha vitis

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





    Size (Adult, Length): 85mm to 105mm (3.35in to 4.13in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; tan; white; pink; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: lined, flying, stripes


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan


    * 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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