Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pandorus Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)

Photo taken 7/11/07

Pandorus Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)

Range:  Eastern United States (Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Nebraska and Wisconsin) plus Ontario and Nova Scotia

Food:  Larvae feed on leaves of peppervine (Ampelopsis spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).  Adults nectar from flowers including petunia (Petunia hybrida), bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), and white campion (Lychnis alba).

Around our place we have enough grape vines and Virginia Creeper to feed an army of these moths.