Mournful Sphinx Moth (Enyo lugubris)
The mournful sphinx moth is a hawk moth found in the Americas. Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus first described this species in 1771.
Description and Identification
The larvae are green and stout.
Once mature, the larvae pupate in a shallow burrow underneath the soil.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
When the wings are opened, a large black patch is observed over the outer edge of the tan-colored wings. When the wings are closed, the patch remains observable.
Average wingspan: 5 – 6 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: Year-round in tropical regions; August-November in northern areas.
Eggs are laid close to the host plant.
|Distribution||The southern part of North America into neotropics|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Different species of grapes|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- There are two sub-species – Enyo lugubris lugubris and Enyo lugubris delanoi.