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Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Darapsa myron)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Virginia Creeper Sphinx



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The sizeable Virginia Creeper Sphinx comes in in two earthy colors that reflect the environment: army green and woodland brown.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Part of the Sphinx family, the Virginia Creeper Sphinx has a wingspan that can reach 65 mm (just over 2.5 inches) wide. Its muted coloring comes in bands of light and dark across the wings. Some individuals are shades of forest green while others are shades of chocolate brown. All have a small, dark 'v'-shaped mark on each forewing in the light, middle band. The lower dark band has an even darker patch in its outer edge. Hindwings peek out from under the forewings by the abdomen, and are orange with brown along the exposed, inner edge. The hair on the head and thorax is dark save for a pale, raised center patch of hair.

Two broods can be produced each year, with populations showing year-round activity in warm states like Florida. Caterpillars are pudgy and either green or brown with a thick, fleshy horn at the rear. The body is covered with tiny white granules and the horn itself may have black shading on it. There is some variation in markings depending on maturity. Some have yellow spots with orange centers along the 'spine'. Others have white diagonal lines along the sides that connect near the 'spine'. They all feed on Virginia creeper as well as grapevines. Viburnum and peppervine are also host plants for these larvae.

Look for flying adults from spring through early autumn in areas where vines are growing: woodlands, fences, abandoned lots. They may be in groups though they are more often seen alone.




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: Darapsa
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            Species: myron
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Darapsa myron
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 28mm to 38mm (1.10" to 1.49")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, white, brown, orange
Descriptors: bands, dark green, curved wing, flying, large, mohawk
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 28mm (1.1in) and 38mm (1.5in)
Lo: 28mm
Md: 33mm
Hi: 38mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Virginia Creeper Sphinx 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 Virginia Creeper Sphinx. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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