Pandorus Sphinx

Subject: What kind of moth
Location: Asheville
August 16, 2016 8:19 pm
This moth flew into our basement tonight. Beautiful! It’s hard to tell the scale from the picture but it was about Luna Moth size. We live in Western North Carolina, in the Appalachian Mountains.
Signature: Molly

Pandorus Sphinx
Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Molly,
This beauty is a Pandorus Sphinx, Eumorpha pandorus, a species that if found throughout the entire eastern portion of North America.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of peppervine (Ampelopsis spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).”


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