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Species Isoparce cupressi - Bald Cypress Sphinx - Hodges#7791

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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 Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Isoparce
Species cupressi (Bald Cypress Sphinx - Hodges#7791)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1875 by Jean Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval and Achille Guené as Sphinx cupressi
Explanation of Names
cupressi is Latin for "of cypress": the original species account refers to the larvae as living on "Cupressus thuioides" (current name Chamaecyparis thyoides)
Cypress swamps
Although the larvae have been reported as feeding on Atlantic White Cedar, Chamaecyparis thyoides, their main food plant is the Baldcypress, Taxodium distichum.