Mournful Sphinx

Subject: What’s this Sphinx Moth?
Location: Pensacola FL
September 7, 2016 4:40 pm
Can you help me identify this moth?
Signature: Kristie Moore

Mournful Sphinx
Mournful Sphinx

Hi Kristie,
We used the Sphingidae of the Americas site to identify your Mournful Sphinx,
Enyo lugubris.  According to the site:  “Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen. Both males and females nectar at flowers during the day, making a strong whirring sound as they hover. In Florida they have been reported hovering over flowers of Asystasia gangetica at dusk.”

1 thought on “Mournful Sphinx”

  1. The wingspan of Mournful Sphinx around is 50–60 mm. The body and wings are dark brown most likely. The forewing has a large black patch covering most of the outer half of the wing.


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