Pandora Sphynx Moth
Location: Southern California
August 7, 2011 7:58 pm
I just shot this image of what I believe to be a Pandora Sphynx Moth next to my front door in Simi Valley, California (Ventura County, just West of L.A. County)
Is the common tomato worm the larva for this beautiful moth? If not, what is?
I thought you might like the image too. 🙂
This is actually an Achemon Sphinx, not a Pandora Sphinx, but your confusion is understandable since both are in the same genus Eumorpha. Also, the Achemon Sphinx is in the same family as the Tomato Hornworm, but they feed on different plants, and the mature caterpillar of the Achemon Sphinx lacks a horn, as you can see in this image from our archives.