Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)
larval hosts:  Madder Family, Rubiaceae, including Smooth buttonplant (Spermacoce glabra), Borreria, Manettia; and Bignoniaceae: Catalpa. Also noted, in North Carolina, from Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) also in the Rubiaceae.  Non-native starclusters (Pentas spp.)
 
Caterpillar from 2008:

The caterpillars have large eyespots which make them look adorably inquisitive

Transitioning into pupae

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3 comments
  1. Cindy said:

    What an amazing and beautiful creature! Excellent Loret!!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Cindy. Was just hanging on the window last night….drawn to kitchen lights. Think this is the first adult I’ve encountered.

  2. Awwwwsome!! I have to look up these host plants and see if I can grow any of them.

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