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.
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.”