Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diachrysia balluca Geyer, 1832
* phylogenetic sequence #931179
Uncommon; one of two species in this genus in North America.
Forewing length 20-25 mm (Pogue, 2005)(1)
Adult - forewing with large, highly-metallic rectangular green patch bordering inner margin (may look brown or bronze under certain lighting); basal area and strip along costa light gray; reniform spot brown with pale dot on each side; wing apex pointed. Hindwing uniformly brown with yellow fringe.
Nova Scotia to Manitoba; south to Pennsylvania and Minnesota (no specimens seen from Southeastern United States) (Eichlin & Cunningham, 1978). Type location from Georgia and one Florida record from Kimble in 1965 possibly represent strays (Pogue, 2005).(1)
Adults fly from June to September.
Larvae feed on hops (Humulus lupulus), trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides), wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), and raspberry (Rubus spp.) (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Superficially similar to Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Darapsa myron)
which is larger and has a more sinuate outer margin of forewing.
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.62; pl.1.26
Pogue, M. G. 2005. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Zootaxa 1032: 1–28 (PDF
live adult image
(Al Sinclair, Ontario)
pinned adult image
(Insects of Quebec)
and flight season (Ohio State U.)