#7827 juglandis

Walnut Sphinx

Amorpha juglandis (Smith, 1797)

Family: Sphingidae

Status: Occasional resident

Larval Hostplant(s): Walnut (Juglans) and Hickory (Carya)

Range: Found in the eastern United States west to Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: Two broods

Habitat: Near hostplants, often in wooded areas.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 3 Inches

Found at: Fontenelle Forest, Homestead NM, Indian Cave SP, Table Rock WMA, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Wildcat Hills SRA.

Overwintering: As pupae in leaf litter or the soil.

Similar Species: The wing shape and size are similar to those of the Twin-spotted, Blind-eyed and Small-eyed Sphinxes but the Walnut Sphinx lacks the HW spots and coloration of those three.

Notes: Adults do not feed.

đź”—Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net.

Walnut Sphinx
Walnut Sphinx larva, photo by Steve Spomer
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