Elm Hawkmoth

Elm Hawkmoth

Elm Hawkmoth

A number of large hawkmoths fly during the summer nights in Indiana. During the day, the Elm Hawkmoths, Ceratomia amyntor, rest on tree trunks where their cryptic coloration makes them difficult to spot. The beauty at left is easier to spot on the brick wall. As the name suggests, larvae feed on elm, cherry, basswood and birch. Like most Sphingidae, the larvae dig a tunnel and pupate in the soil.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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