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First described in 1806 by Jacob Hübner as Daphnis pandorus (In relation to the Asian counterpart, Daphnis nerii), the Pandora Sphinx Moth, Eumorpha pandorus, is a lovely olive green moth, with darker green patterning on the inside of the forewing, around the head, and lower on the forewing. There are sometimes pink marks near the body of the moth and on the hind wing. The hindwing is mainly white with a black spot, usually in a blotchy pattern.
Larvae, which are quite variably colored, feed on: Grape and Virginia Creeper
This was #1 on my moth hunting (no kill) list! I cannot believe I saw it! My friend called me yesterday and said she found a huge moth at her house yesterday. She texted me a photo and I identified it for her, and told her if she finds it again, she could let me know. Sure enough, she found this and another sphinx moth (Sphinx kalmiae, I believe) again tonight. She offered to bring them over, and when I saw them, I was amazed! The moth is so amazing! This moth won the Winkflash Nighttime Photo Contest, which ended August 28th, 2012. Thanks to all who voted!