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Nessus Sphinx Moth ( Pupa )

Amphion floridensis

Description:

Pupa: I was digging in my outdoor butterfly garden, when I came upon an underground chamber. Inside this underground chamber, was a dark brown pupa. This was a pupa, of the Nessus Sphinx Moth. This pupa, was one and one fourth of an inch long, and thirteen sixteenth of an inch wide. This pupa, was dark brown in color. This pupa, had a pointed tip. The caterpillar goes underground in the dirt, to pupate. These larvae pupate in shallow, underground chambers. When ready to pupate, larvae move to the ground, and build a small chamber underground. The larvae, can be found feasting on grapevines, Virginia creeper, peppervines, and cayenne pepper plants. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Sphingidae Genus: Amphion Species: A. floridensis The Nessus Sphinx, is a day-flying moth, of the Sphingidae family.

Habitat:

Forests, streamsides, and suburbs. Gardens, parks, along waterways, and in backyards.

Notes:

I was digging in my outdoor butterfly garden, when I came upon an underground chamber. Inside this underground chamber, was a dark brown pupa. This was a pupa, of the Nessus Sphinx Moth. The Nessus Sphinx, is a day-flying moth, of the Sphingidae family.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 27.47, Long: -80.88

Spotted on Jul 13, 2016
Submitted on Oct 23, 2016

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