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Amphion floridensis

Common Name: Nessus Sphinx Moth
Amphion floridensis
Amphion floridensis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Amphion
Species: Amphion floridensis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The nessus sphinx moth has a 2" wingspan. They are red-brown in color with 2 yellow lines on their abdomen. Their body is stout.

Habitat & Range

They live in forests and along streamsides in Eastern and centeral North America.


These moths hover in flight, like a hummingbird. They feed on nectar from flowers such as lilac, phlox, and herb robert. The caterpillars will overwinter.

Featured image by James Dake


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