Darapsa choerilus    



common name     Azalea Sphinx

habitat
Open woodlands, edges and clearings.

seasonality
Adults are on the wing in Alberta in June and early July.

identification
A large (5.7-7.5 cm. wingspan) narrow-winged moth with rusty orange-brown wings and body. The forewing is crossed by several wide, rather indistinct darker pink or pink-purple bands. The hindwing is rusty orange and unmarked. It is unlikely to be mistaken for any other moth in Alberta. Until recently known as Darapsa pholus (Cramer)

life history
This large sphinx is apparently restricted to the boreal forest area in Alberta. Although only recently discovered in the province, it appears to be a widely distributed resident throughout the region. Most specimens have been taken at lights at night, but it has also been taken while visiting flowers during the day.

conservation
No concerns.

diet info
No Alberta data, but several of the hosts reported elsewhere are available here. Elsewhere, Viburnum, Vaccinium, Kalmia, Gaylussacia, Azalea and Sour-gum.

range
Throughout much of eastern North America, west across Canada in the Boreal forest to extreme north western Alberta. In Alberta, widespread in the boreal forest region, from Lac la Biche north to the Lake Athabasca area and west to Zama.

notes
Until recently this moth went under the name D. pholus (Cramer)

people
species page authorAnweiler, G. G. 
species page editorRobinson, E. 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=538

 

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