Species Details

Darapsa choerilus

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Common NameAzalea Sphinx SeasonalityAdults are on the wing in Alberta in June and early July. IdentificationA 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)

Scientific Name 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…
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…
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…
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)

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"Species Details - Darapsa choerilus, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-538. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Sphingoidea Family Sphingidae Genus Darapsa Species Darapsa choerilus
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum