nessus sphinx

(Amphion floridensis)

               
Hodges #

7873

nessus sphinx
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

One brood: April to July

Habitat

 

Size

Wingspan: 17 16 to 23 16

Total Length: to 1

 

Identification

This sphinx moth is easily recognized by the two thin, bright yellow bands on the abdomen.

 
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Species

 


Larval Food

In Minnesota, silverleaf grape (Vitis aestivalis var. bicolor) and wild grape (Vitis riparia)

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

This is a day-flying moth that also flies at dusk. It is usually seen taking nectar from flowers.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 24, 27, 29, 30, 75.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Bombycoidea (hawk-moths)

 

Family:

Sphingidae (hawk moths, sphinx moths, and hornworms)

 

Subfamily:

Macroglossinae

 

Tribe:

Macroglossini

 
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Common
Names

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Luciearl


Within minutes of putting up a large hanging basket of blue lobelia I had butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and this Nessus Sphynx. It also returned a few days later. Sorry on the clarity, but i kept moving!

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  Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis)
Bill Keim
 
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  Hummingbird Moth (Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis))
Robert Schafer
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 28, 2015

Hummingbird Moths are often mistaken for hummingbirds because they are large and hover when they feed. This beauty was hovering around my yard for a couple of days and I couldn't resist making a video of it.

 
     
  Nessus Sphinx Moth (Amphion floridensis)
David Mroczkowski
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 23, 2012

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/12012175

Adults fly during the day and at dusk. Caterpillars pupate in shallow underground chambers. They feed from several plants including mock orange and phlox, which are in our garden.

 
     
  Nessus Sphinx Moth feeds on Phlox divaricata (Wild Sweet William)
S. MacDonald
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 22, 2016

Very similar to a hummingbird moth - or clearwing moth - but does not have clear wings and has obvious yellow bands on the abdomen. Identified moth as the Nessus Sphinx moth (Amphion floridensis) using the site below:

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Amphion-floridensis

Seen in my backyard native plants bed, in late afternoon.

 
     
  Nessus Sphinx Moth
malawimom
 
   
 
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Published on May 25, 2012

I wish it would have been on a flower instead of poop.

 
     
  Nessus Sphinx Moth
Dave Blinder
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 5, 2014

Filmed and edited in Morris County, New Jersey

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Luciearl
6/14/2018

Location: Lake Shore, MN

Within minutes of putting up a large hanging basket of blue lobelia I had butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and this Nessus Sphynx. It also returned a few days later. Sorry on the clarity, but i kept moving!

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