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Gaudy Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha labruscae)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Lady Lake, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida

Members' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 25, 2009, tropicalkaren from The Villages, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Beautiful, large (I'd say at least 3 inches long) fat moth. Appears to have just emerged from the ground right next to my home's foundation.

We do not have any of the host plants, but do have a large butterfly garden with many nectar plants.

Neutral

On Sep 18, 2006, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have found through some research that the catterpiller for this moth burrows underground after eating "Christmas Bush", only to emerge after it pupates...
Here is the host plant...
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I have none of this anywhere around me...this fellow must have been attracted to the butterfly nectar plants in my yard.

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