Lesser Vine Sphinx Moth, Banded Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha fasciatus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Sphingidae (SFIN-gi-dee) (Info)
Genus: Eumorpha (yoo-MOR-fa) (Info)
Species: fasciatus (fash-ee-AY-tus) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Clanton, Alabama
Chandler Heights, Arizona
Cottonwood, Arizona
Lavaca, Arkansas
San Diego, California
Durango, Colorado
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Citra, Florida
Indialantic, Florida
Naples, Florida
Orlando, Florida (3 reports)
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Summerfield, Florida
Great Bend, Kansas
Coushatta, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Lucedale, Mississippi
Norman, Oklahoma
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Dickinson, Texas
Greenville, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Kendalia, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Plano, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas
Portland, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia
Monroe, Washington
Pullman, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 11, 2009, obatalov from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

These moths have always been my favorities around here. They seem to prefer specific flowers and are only active around sunset. They do not visit often or stay for very long and it is always a challenge to find them, but it is well worth it. I love the way that they resemble hummingbirds as they fly from flower to flower.

I once found a caterpillar of one and it was the one of strangest I had ever seen. I was very surprized when this beautiful moth hatched from such a spooky-looking caterpillar.


On Aug 13, 2009, LoriC from Port Saint Lucie, FL wrote:

Found this guy outside my porch. This is the 3rd species of Sphinx I've found here. This one was, by far, the most beautiful.


On Aug 28, 2008, XenaWP from Greenville, TX wrote:

Photo taken late evening August 27, 2008 under back patio.


On Jun 16, 2007, dawnbug97 from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I found the moth in my backyard, struggling to fly. It is an adult, and has evidence of scales being worn or rubbed off on its right lower wing. We took picutres and as soon as the film is developed, or if my mom gets home while it is daylight, we will use the digital camera, and submit pictures.

We named it Egypt because that is where the real Sphinx is. Egypt has a plastic bin with hardward cloth over to protect it from birds, and a Monarda flowercut and placed in the bin. I cannot let it loose because it cannot fly.

It does rest easily in my hands!