Subject: Huge moth!
Location: Durham, North Carolina
June 22, 2017 9:41 am
Hi bugman –
I work in an office that backs up to a wooded area and small pond. We always have the strangest bugs on our landing. I found a giant leopard moth the other day – crazy! We found this guy today – he’s about two and a half inches long.
Signature: SG

Virginia Creeper Sphinx

Dear SG,
This Virginia Creeper Sphinx,
Darapsa myron, is also known as the Hog Sphinx or Grapevine Sphinx according to Sphingidae of the Americas which states that it:  ” is found in Maine south to south Florida; west to North Dakota, Nabraska, New Mexico and Texas.  It also flies in Mexico.”  According to BugGuide, it is “very common; sometimes abundant” and the habitat is listed as “Woodlands and edges near hostplants; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.”

Location: Durham, North Carolina

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