Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Deidamia inscriptum (Harris)
Pterogon inscriptum Harris, 1839
Phylogenetic sequence # 228875
Explanation of Names
Deidamia: in Greek mythology, the wife of Achilles and daughter of Lycomedes
Inscripta: Latin for "written on, inscribed"
The only species in the genus found in America north of Mexico.
Adult forewing light brown to grayish, crossed by dark parallel bands; outer margin deeply scalloped; a small black-and-white spot near the apex, hindwing reddish-brown with a dark terminal band.
Caterpillar: "yellow-green with sub-dorsal stripe that runs from horn forward over head to antenna. Yellow oblique lines pass under spiracles on A1 - A7... Horn yellow, often with downward curve...early instars more yellow than green with very long black horn that may be yellow at its apex" - Wagner(1)
Texas to central Florida, north to New Hampshire, west through southern Quebec & Ontario to North Dakota - Map
mostly: Mar-Jul (MPG)
The first sphinx moth of the season in most of its range.
larvae feed on Virginia Creeper, Wild Grape, and Pepper-Vine
Harris, T.W. 1839. Catalogue of North American Sphinges. The American Journal of Science and Arts 36(2): p.306