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Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth (Sphinx drupiferarum)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Sphingidae (SFIN-gi-dee) (Info)
Genus: Sphinx
Species: drupiferarum


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, Newfoundland and Labrador

By Todd_Boland
Thumbnail #1 of Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth (Sphinx drupiferarum) by Todd_Boland

Member Notes:

Neutral Todd_Boland On Aug 5, 2006, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b) wrote:

Sphinx moths are not that common in my area and most feed upon wild shrubs and trees so don't present a problem from a gardeners point of view. This particular species feeds on cherry, apple and apparently lilacs. The caterpillars are solitary feeders. Within Newfoundland, Wild Cherry sphinx moth are only suppose to be in the extreme southwestern parts but this larvae was found near St. John's so they must now occur across the island. Most authorities claim they are not in Newfoundland at all but this proves otherwise!

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