Eumorpha elisa

Eumorpha elisa
you-MOR-fuhmm eh-LIS-uh
(Smyth, 1901) Philampelus

Eumorpha elisa, Huehuetenago, Guatemala, courtesy of Jose Monzon Sierra.

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Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Philampelini, Burmeister
Genus: Eumorpha, Hubner, [1807]
Species: elisa, (Smyth, 1901)


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Eumorpha elisa flies in Mexico: Sonora (JH) and Guatemala: Huehuetenango.

Bruce Walsh reports a sighting on August 26, 2010, at MS lights, along the Foothills Road, just north of Portal (on the plains just east of the Chirichahua Mts.), Cochise County, Arizona. Id has been confirmed by Ian Kitching.


Eumorpha elisa adults are on the wing in June and August and probably in other months.

Eumorpha elisa Sonora, Mexico,
July 2014, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

Eumorpha elisa larvae likely feed upon grape species.

Eumorpha elisa courtesy of Bruce Walsh.

The genus name "Eumorpha" means well-formed.

"Elisa" is possibly for a friend.

The pronunciation of scientific names is troublesome for many. The "suggestion" at the top of the page is merely a suggestion. It is based on commonly accepted English pronunciation of Greek names and/or some fairly well accepted "rules" for latinized scientific names.

The suggested pronunciations, on this page and on other pages, are primarily put forward to assist those who hear with internal ears as they read.

There are many collectors from different countries whose intonations and accents would be different.


Pupae wiggle to surface just prior to eclosion. Females call at night, and males fly into the wind to pick up and track the pheromone plume.


Green eggs are deposited singly on host foliage.

Mature larvae leave host plants and pupate in underground burrows.

Larval Food Plants

Listed below are primary food plant(s) and alternate food plants. It is hoped that this alphabetical listing followed by the common name of the foodplant will prove useful. The list is not exhaustive. Experimenting with closely related foodplants is worthwhile.

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