nessus sphinx

(Amphion floridensis)

nessus sphinx
Photo by Bonnie Harper-Lore
  Hodges #

7873

 
 
Conservation Status
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

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

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: 17 16 to 23 16

Total Length: to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One brood: April to July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

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

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

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

 
  6/15/2018      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Amphion  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

nessus sphinx

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Bonnie Harper-Lore
       

Moth on Spiderwort

2 thin yellow belts not conspicuous...yellow line edging each wing was!

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SaraBug
       

First time seeing this kind of sphinx moth! Beautiful!

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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
 
  Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis)  

 

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  Hummingbird Moth (Nessus Sphinx (Amphion floridensis))
Robert Schafer
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

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
 
   
 
About

Published on May 25, 2012

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

   
       
  Nessus Sphinx Moth
Dave Blinder
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Filmed and edited in Morris County, New Jersey

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Bonnie Harper-Lore
6/26/2019

Location: Hennepin County

Moth on Spiderwort. 2 thin yellow belts not conspicuous...yellow line edging each wing was!

nessus sphinx


SaraBug
6/13/2019

Location: Minneapolis

First time seeing this kind of sphinx moth! Beautiful!

nessus sphinx


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.

nessus sphinx


     
     
 
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