Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
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August 9, 2009
Identification Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Pg. 33. The forewing is dark brown with white dusting and black lines (similar to Rustic Sphinx but smaller). Some specimen will have yellowish-brown blotches in the basal and sub-terminal area. The median line zig-zags, and is usually the sharpest line. The hindwing is black with a white median line that becomes double toward the anal angle. Where the Rustic Sphinx may be 15 cm, the Pawpaw is usually about 6 cm. Caterpillar host plants are blueberries, hollies, pawpaw, and sweetfern.
April 18, 2010