Pachylia ficus, McAllen, Texas, courtesy of Laura Elaine Moore via Greg Lasley.
Laura writes, September 26, 2005, "I'm the one who took the photo of the Fig Sphinx caterpillar in McAllen, Texas, that Greg Lasley got you to ID for us. Feel free to use the image on your website with the credit: Laura Elaine Moore. I snapped these photos a couple of years ago or so. I have the date at home. Let me know if you'd like to have it. I may also have shots from a couple of different angles, I'd have to check. Just let me know."Special thanks also goes to Mike Quinn who provides many sightings and images from extreme southern Texas. Mike has provided the two larval images below from Cameron County and Hidalgo County.
Joshua S. Rose reports the following species from Hidalgo County:
Ceratomia undulosa; Manduca rustica; Manduca sexta (larva as well as adult); Sphinx libocedrus; Aellopos sp. (several poor in-flight photos); Enyo lugubris; Erinnyis ello (larva as well as adult); Erinnyis obscura; Pachylia ficus (larva as well as adult); Eumorpha satellita; Eumorpha vitis (larva as well as adult); Hyles lineata (larva as well as adult); Xylophanes tersa (larva as well as adult).
Eumorpha satellitia licaon, October 20, 2005,
Sabal Palm Audubon Center & Sanctuary Brownsville, Cameron Co., courtesy of Mike Quinn.
Erinnyis ello, October 24, 2005,
Bentsen-RGV State Park, Mission, Hidalgo County, courtesy of Mike Quinn.
A "USGS" indicates the moth is reported on the USGS website and/or in Lepidoptera of North America, #1. Distribution of Silkmoths (Saturniidae) and Hawkmoths (Sphingidae) of Eastern North America, an excellent little booklet available through Paul Opler.
Please help me develop this list with improved, documented accuracy by sending sightings (species, date, location), preferably with an electronic image, via email to Bill Oehlke.
The night-blooming moon flower will attract many Sphingidae at dusk and into the night.
Manduca rustica, Mission (Hidalgo County), Texas,
October 1, 2009, courtesy of Gus A. Rentfro.
Manduca sexta, Hidalgo County, Joshua S. Rose
Erinnyis ello, Hidalgo County, Joshua S. Rose
Eumorpha vitis, Mission (Hidalgo County), Texas,
Adult moth observed outdoors, December 24, 2005; Cat Traylor, Hidalgo
Aellopos clavipes, Hidalgo County, Texas, August 28, 2006, courtesy of Gil Quintanilla
From Southern Texas, Cat Traylor reports, this one "was chowing down on my yellow morning glories (Ipomoea ochracea)."
Agrius cingulata on Ipomoea ochracea, courtesy of Cat Traylor.
Bill Dempwolf reports the following from South Padre Island near the tropical tip of southeastern Texas: Agrius cingulata, Manduca sexta, Manduca quinquemaculatus, Manduca rustica, Pseudosphinx tetrio, Erinnyis ello, Erinnyis obscura, Aellopos clavipes, Aellopos titan, Eumorpha vitis, Xylophanes tersa and Hyles lineata.
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