Pandorus Sphinx Moth, Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Sphingidae (SFIN-gi-dee) (Info)
Genus: Eumorpha (yoo-MOR-fa) (Info)
Species: pandorus


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Newberry, Florida
Wewahitchka, Florida
Cary, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
East Falmouth, Massachusetts
Waltham, Massachusetts
Grand Haven, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Bay Shore, New York
Craryville, New York
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Barberton, Ohio
Canton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Plano, Texas
Boydton, Virginia
Moneta, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 20, 2011, creekwalker from Benton County, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

This caterpillar was found eating poison ivy! He had eaten almost all of the leaves off of a vine we've been having trouble getting rid of, that keeps growing on a cedar tree. Next to the poison ivy is some virginia creeper too, however, this caterpillar was eating the poison ivy leaves and not the virginia creeper. We thought that was pretty unusual.


On Jul 10, 2008, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Now I know what has been eating my Virginia Creeper foliage. They are easy to take a photo of because they don't like to fly in the daylight hours. They are quit large. The one I posted was 4 1/2" wide.