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Waved Sphinx Moth
Photo © Steve Kelsch; Suburban backyard, Woodbridge, VA; July 2010

Waved Sphinx Moth
Ceratomia undulosa
Superfamily Bombycoidea Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths) Subfamily Sphinginae

Wingspan: 75-110 mm

Flight period: May to October in the south; June to August in the north; nocturnal, attracted to light

Habitat: deciduous forests, woodlots, shrubby areas, farms, suburban and riparian areas; adults are nocturnal and come to light

Caterpillar host plants: leaves of ash, fringetree, hawthorn, lilac, oak, privet and other woody plants

Caterpillars pupate underground; overwinter in pupa stage