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Species Darapsa versicolor - Hydrangea Sphinx - Hodges#7884

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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 Darapsa
Species versicolor (Hydrangea Sphinx - Hodges#7884)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Darapsa versicolor (Harris)
Orig. Comb: Choerocampa versicolor Harris 1839
Wingspan 5.8 - 8 cm
Forewing greenish brown, curved white patches. See Internet refernces.
e. N. Amer. - Map - MPG
Near wet areas with hostplants?
mostly Jun-Aug - MPG
Caterpillars: wild hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens (aka smooth hydrangea, sevenbark); buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis; and water-willow, Decodon verticillatus.
Print References
Covell (1)
Harris, 1839. Descriptive catalogue of the North American insects belonging to the Linnean genus Sphinx in the cabinet of Thaddeus William Harris. The American journal of science and arts, 36(2): 282-320. (p.303)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.