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2267507789Ceratomia catalpae – Catalpa Sphinx Moth – (Boisduval, 1875)

Patrick Coin
Distribution: From southern New England and Ontario westward through southern Michigan to Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, south to Florida and Texas.
Seasonality
and Size:
Double-brooded, generally from April through September, with a slightly longer season in the south. Glaser gives flight dates in Maryland from 19 May - 10 October. Wingspan 65 - 95 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
The Catalpa tree is the larval food plant. Larva can be extremely abundant and easily defoliate individual trees. The larva are gregarious through the third instar.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • forewing yellowish-brown with indistinct black lines and dashes.
  • reniform spot black with grey filling.
  • hindwing yellowish-brown with indistinct lines.
References
Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

Ceratomia catalpae
Bob Patterson
Ceratomia catalpae
Bob Moul
Ceratomia catalpae
Patrick Coin
Ceratomia catalpae
80mm – Jim Vargo
Ceratomia catalpae
McGuire Center LG

Ceratomia catalpae
Charles Lewallen

Ceratomia catalpae
Charles Lewallen

Ceratomia catalpae
Yurika Alexander LG

Ceratomia catalpae
Yurika Alexander LG


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