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Hagen's Sphinx Moth (Ceratomia hageni)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hagen's Sphinx Moth

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Hagen's Sphinx Moth has a range as expansive as its caterpillar's favorite host plant, the native osage orange tree.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The host tree of Hagen's Sphinx Moth goes by many different common names. A more popular one is the osage orange tree thanks to its softball-sized, green or yellow fruit which has a similar bumpy texture to an orange. It is also called a bowwood tree because it was used by Native Americans to craft bows. The tree has hard, dense wood making it a sturdy material for fence posts. Grown in close rows, it creates a near impenetrable natural boundary, or hedge thanks to its spines. Its fruit is called a hedge apple in some places. Regardless of its common names, Maclura pomifera provides a growing caterpillar all the leaves it needs to develop into a mature adult.

Hagen's Sphinx Moths are gray with tints of green on the body and wings. Wavy lines cross the forewings. A light gray patch on the outer edges has a white spot and a secondary, smaller spot near it that may be white, or completely black. The tips of the wings have a whitish patch on the outer edge. A thin black line runs down the center of the abdomen as well as each side. It is attracted to lights and can be seen late spring through early autumn.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Sphingidae
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          Genus: Ceratomia
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            Species: hageni

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Ceratomia hageni
Other Name(s): Osage Orange Sphinx Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 80mm to 92mm (3.14" to 3.62")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: gray; green; black; white
Descriptors: mossy; dot; flying; mottled; osage; bois d'arc; hedge apple

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 80mm (3.1in) and 92mm (3.6in)
Lo: 80mm
Md: 86mm
Hi: 92mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Hagen's Sphinx Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Hagen's Sphinx Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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