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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Apparently it makes its way into the southern Gulf States: Louisiana and Florida, although all of those reports may be of just a pale, brownish form of nominate myron.
Darapsa myron mexicana, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, VIII 2003, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.
Darapsa myron pale form, Hillsborough River State Park in Tampa,
April 29, 2006, courtesy of Yolanda Acevedo.
Jean Haxaire indicates the moth from Tampa, Florida, is a pale from of myron rather than subspecies D. m. mexicana.
Darapsa myron mexicana, Wauchula, Hardee County, Florida,
early June, 2012, courtesy of Greg Roehm, tentative id by Bill Oehlke.
Shortly after I posted the Darapsa myron image above from Wachula, Vernon Brou advised me that the moth is a nominate
Darapsa myron myron brown form, and not subspecies Darapsa myron mexicana. James A. Tuttle also indicates there is the brown form of nominate myron,
seen in many of the southern counties in Florida. It must be fairly common in Hardee County, Florida as Greg Roehm also sends this image of three specimens he
captured on June 7, 2011.
Darapsa myron myron trio, Wachula, Hardee County, Florida,
June 7, 2011, courtesy of Greg Roehm.
Fully-grown caterpillars descend foliage trunks or stems and spin a loose cocoons in fallen leaves on the ground.
At pupation time, I pick up Sphingidae larvae with my fingers and gently put them in a bucket, bottom-lined with several layers of loose, dry paper towels. The larvae will crawl under the towelling and pupate on the bottom of the bucket.
This method, a warm dark bucket lined with paper towelling, is sufficient to induce pupation in most of the earth pupators and would probably work with myron mexicana.
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