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Species Sphecodina abbottii - Abbott's Sphinx - Hodges#7870

LARGE brown caterpillar! - Sphecodina abbottii Big Caterpillar  - Sphecodina abbottii Abbott's Sphinx? - Sphecodina abbottii - male Blue Striped Caterpillar - Sphecodina abbottii Sphecodina abbottii 7870     Abbott's Sphinx     (Sphecodina abbottii) - Sphecodina abbottii Abbott's Sphinx - Sphecodina abbottii Caterpillar  ??? - Sphecodina abbottii
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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 Sphecodina
Species abbottii (Abbott's Sphinx - Hodges#7870)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Sphinx d’Abbott - En francais.… Ilze V-G.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphecodina abbottii (Swainson, 1821)
Explanation of Names
Named for the pioneering naturalist and illustrator, John Abbott (1751-1840).
Wingspan 51-70 mm

Larva to 75 mm
Short body and cryptic wings distinctive. Hindwings have a yellow "flash pattern".

Larvae start out green with a horn on the final segment. Middle instar larvae are whitish to blue-green with dark faint cross-stripes and the horn replaced by an orange raised knob on the last segment (A8). The last instars may be either brown with a "wood-grain" pattern or brown with ten pale green saddles along the back. In these late instars the knob resembles an eye.

Eastern and central North America: Maine to Florida, west to [Manitoba & North Dakota, BugGuide data], Texas.
Edges of woodlands, presumably.
February-August with two flights in deep south (e.g., Louisiana). May-June in much of range, with one flight.
Adults take nectar. Male is reported to fly around dusk, female to fly near midnight.
Larvae feed on leaves of grape, Ampelopsis, Virginia Creeper(1)
Print References
Covell p. 42, plate 6 (2)
Salsbury, p. 327--photo of adult (3)
Wagner, p. 16--photo larva (4)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides)
David L. Wagner. 2010. Princeton University Press, 1-496.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.
4.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.