Moths of North Carolina
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268 NC Records

Darapsa myron (Cramer, 1780) - Virginia Creeper Sphinx



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Taxonomy
Superfamily: Bombycoidea Family: SphingidaeSubfamily: MacroglossinaeTribe: MacroglossiniP3 Number: 890207.00 MONA Number: 7885.00
Comments: This genus of medium sized moths contains three species, all found in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Covell (1984); Beadle and Leckie (2012)Online Photographs: MPG, BugGuide, BAMONATechnical Description, Adults: Forbes (1948); Hodges (1971); Tuttle (2007)Technical Description, Immature Stages: Forbes (1948); Wagner (2005); Tuttle (2007)                                                                                 
Adult Markings: A moderately small Sphinx moth that is broadly banded with tan or olive green on its body and forewings; hindwings are extensively reddish orange. The bands are broader than in Darapsa versicolor and the body lacks the mid-dorsal stripe found in that species. The postmedian line in D. myron is curved, whereas it is straight in D. choerilus, a generally redder and slightly larger species. Sexes are similar.
Adult ID Requirements: Identifiable from good quality photos of unworn specimens.
Immatures and Development: Larvae vary from brown to green with features similar to those of other members of this genus. They may be best distinguished by their host plants (see Wagner, 2005 for more information). Pupation occurs underground.
Distribution in North Carolina
Distribution: Occurs statewide, including the Barrier Islands and High Mountains
County Map: Clicking on a county returns the records for the species in that county.
Flight Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Immature Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Flight Comments: Probably three broods over most of the state but perhaps only two in the mountains. Adults are flying most of the growing season.
Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Habitats seem to be the same as for several other Vitaceae-feeding Sphinx moths, including dune and scrub communities on the Barrier Islands but hardwood-dominated forests over the rest of the state. Most of our records come from bottomland or mesic forests but there are also some from drier ridges.
Larval Host Plants: Stenophagous, feeding on members of the Vitaceae, including grapes and Virginia Creeper.
Observation Methods: Adults visit flowers and are attracted to bait. Comes well to 15 watt UV lights.
Wikipedia
See also Habitat Account for General Vitaceous Tangles
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 [S5]
State Protection: Has no legal protection, although permits are required to collect it on state parks and other public lands.
Comments: Given its wide distribution across the state, broad range of habitats and use of common host plants, this species appears to be secure.

 Photo Gallery for Darapsa myron - Virginia Creeper Sphinx

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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-08-05
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-07-29
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-07-26
Greene Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-07-26
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka, Bo Sullivan, and Steve Hall on 2022-07-24
Moore Co.
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Recorded by: Erich Hofmann on 2022-07-19
New Hanover Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-06-29
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-27
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-21
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-21
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-06-20
Caswell Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-06-20
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson, Stephen Dunn on 2022-06-18
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-12
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L.M. Carlson, Becky Watkins on 2022-06-09
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Gary Maness on 2022-06-06
Guilford Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-06-05
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-06-04
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-06-04
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-05-31
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-05-30
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Vin Stanton on 2022-05-28
Buncombe Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-05-27
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-19
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish on 2022-05-19
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-05-16
Wake Co.
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Recorded by: David George, L. M. Carlson on 2022-05-15
Orange Co.
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Recorded by: Jim Petranka on 2022-05-11
Madison Co.
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Recorded by: R. Newman on 2022-04-29
Carteret Co.
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Recorded by: Dean Furbish and Joy Wiggins on 2022-04-27
Wake Co.
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