01 May 2011

The Banded Sphinx Moth

This marks the first time I've seen this hawkmoth, Eumorpha fasciatus fasciatus, (also called the banded sphinx moth) at the Grackle. It was just cold chillin' on the xylosma last night.

This hawkmoth seems to be mostly found in the southern parts of the U.S. and way down into South America. Larvae feed on plants in the evening primrose family, as well as grapes and Virginia creeper. It looks like it is often found on Ludwigia, or water primroses, but I don't have any of those here. Lots of Virginia creeper though.

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