Attributes of Deidamia inscriptum

Lettered sphinx
Deidamia inscriptum (Harris, 1839)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Forewing outer margin is deeply scalloped. Forewing upperside is light brown with dark brown markings and a small black and white spot near the tip. Hindwing is orange-brown with a dark brown outer margin and median line.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 3/4 inches (4.5 - 7 cm).
Life History: Adults fly both day and night. Caterpillars pupate in shallow burrows in the soil.
Flight: One brood; from February-May in Louisiana, and from March-June in the remainder of the range.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grape (Vitis), ampelopsis (Ampelopsis), and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and Phlox.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: New Hampshire south to northern Florida; west to Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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April 30, 2014 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States September 18, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 David Trently Blount County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 01, 2016 Details
March 10, 2013 Peter Homann Leon County, Florida, United States July 26, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada June 01, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 amandasondra Polk County, Wisconsin, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 25, 2016 jvincemery Loudoun County, Virginia, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada May 12, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States May 10, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 Betsy Higgins Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 01, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 CathK Albany County, New York, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 cosmic_cat Harrison County, Texas, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States April 19, 2016 Details
March 24, 2016 Stott Noble Jefferson County, Alabama, United States March 24, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States March 17, 2016 Details
May 27, 2014 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada October 14, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States July 07, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 Happyhealy Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 04, 2015 Details
May 06, 2015 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada June 26, 2015 Details
May 19, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States June 20, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 bonehead40 Camden County, New Jersey, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States May 29, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 Marilyn Burgess Dickson County, Tennessee, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 Jeremy Martin Allegany County, New York, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 lgertzer Rockland County, New York, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 cattrice Essex County, Massachusetts, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Mavpa Ontario County, New York, United States May 21, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 David Wagner Washington County, New York, United States May 21, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States May 17, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada May 13, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 vinstanton Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States May 09, 2015 Details
May 20, 2014 LinRandolph Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States May 08, 2015 Details
May 06, 2015 JohnRoosenberg Schoharie County, New York, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 Howell_Curtis Harrison County, Indiana, United States April 29, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 treichard Allegany County, Maryland, United States April 19, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States April 18, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 curtis.lehman Allegany County, Maryland, United States April 18, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States April 13, 2015 Details
March 15, 2014 ridgeboy Polk County, Florida, United States January 30, 2015 Details
May 21, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 25, 2015 Details
May 30, 2014 curtis.lehman (Jerry McWilliams) Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States December 23, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 dondi St Lawrence County, New York, United States December 10, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 Neil in NY Rensselaer County, New York, United States December 01, 2014 Details