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Species Eumorpha labruscae - Gaudy Sphinx - Hodges#7866

Huge lep larvae collected in St. Lucie Co., Florida - Eumorpha labruscae Sphinx Moth??? - Eumorpha labruscae Sphinx Moth??? - Eumorpha labruscae Gaudy Sphinx - Eumorpha labruscae Gaudy Sphinx - Eumorpha labruscae Cicada leaf looking moth? - Eumorpha labruscae Eumorpha labruscae Eumorpha labruscae
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Classification
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 Eumorpha
Species labruscae (Gaudy Sphinx - Hodges#7866)
Hodges Number
7866
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1758 by Linnaeus as Sphinx labruscae
Explanation of Names
labruscae is Latin for "of labrusca". Labrusca was an ancient Latin word for a wild grapevine, but Linnaeus used the old name for a new American species, Vitis labrusca.
Size
wingspan about 11 cm, based on Moth Photographers Group specimen
Range
Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to Florida, Mississippi, South Texas, and Arizona. Strays to Missouri, southern Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maine, and southern Saskatchewan.
Season
Several flights throughout the year in Florida, one flight from September-November northward.
Life Cycle
life cycle photos - Berry Nall
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of larvae, living and pinned adults.
Systema naturae, 10th ed, p.491    Linnaeus' original description of the species (in Latin)