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Species Deidamia inscriptum - Lettered Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7871

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Macroglossini
Genus Deidamia
Species inscriptum (Lettered Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7871)
Hodges Number
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.
wingspan 42-70 mm
Larva to 50 mm
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) p.271
Texas to central Florida, north to New Hampshire, west through southern Quebec & Ontario to North Dakota - Map (MPG)
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
Life Cycle
one generation per year
Print References
Harris, T.W. 1839. Catalogue of North American Sphinges. The American Journal of Science and Arts 36(2): p.306
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.