Eumorpha vitis vitis

Eumorpha vitis vitis
(Linnaeus, 1758) Sphinx

Eumorpha vitis vitis, Austin, Texas, June 30, 2010, courtesy of Michelle Walden.

Michelle writes, "I am sending a photo of an adult Eumorpha, which I found clinging to my front door screen this morning. I was able to coax it into a jar for a photo op. After comparing it with photos I found on your website I believe this is E. vitis vitis. I have never seen one of these caterpillars in my area. Possibly this moth was blown in on a storm front that came through a few days ago (doubtful though, it isn't tattered up but looks quite fresh!).

"After the shoot I returned it to a shady location in the great outdoors with a buffet of pear, peach and apple slices. A few hours later I spied the moth on the fruit but I had no time to get a photo as I was late for an appointment. While I was out we had a frogstrangler downpour in my neighborhood. Hopefully the moth found a dry hideout as I did not see it when I returned home."

I replied, "You are correct. It is Eumorpha vitis. They are relatively common in southern half of Texas and would not need wind blown assistance."

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Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Philampelini, Burmeister
Genus: Eumorpha, Hubner, [1807]
Species: vitis vitis, (Linnaeus, 1758)


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