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Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) No Taxon (Moths) Superfamily Bombycoidea Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths) Subfamily Macroglossinae Tribe Macroglossini Genus Eumorpha Species pandorus (Pandorus Sphinx - Hodges#7859)
Hodges Number 7859
Other Common Names Pandora Sphinx
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes First described in 1806 by Jacob Hübner as Daphnis pandorus
Eumorpha pandorus Explanation of Names Greek pandoros (πανδωρος) can mean either “giving all” or “given all”. The name Pandora (πανδωρα) is the feminine form of this word. Size Wingspan 87-115 mm Identification Adult: forewing olive green with darker green apical patch and border along inner margin, broken near anal angle; pink streaks near middle of wing and at inner margin; double black discal spot; hindwing whitish basally, green distally, with two large black patches, and some pink at anal angle
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
Larva: body bright green or reddish-brown with swollen third thoracic segment into which head and first 2 thoracic segments can be drawn; abdomen with small white to yellow spot on segment 2 and large oval spots around spiracle on third to seventh segments; whiplike horn of early instars replaced with button in last stage; thorax and anterior abdominal segments with dorsal black spotting
[adapted from description by David Wagner and Valerie Giles] Range Eastern United States (Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Nebraska and Wisconsin) plus Ontario and Nova Scotia Season adults fly from May to October
larvae present from June to November Food Larvae feed on leaves of peppervine (Ampelopsis spp.), grape (Vitis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Life Cycle one generation per year in the north; two generations in the south Remarks An extra-spectacular sphinx moth.