Common Names: Waved sphinx moth
Hodges #7787. A moth of the family Sphingidae. One of the most common moths. Wingspan is 78 to 110 mm. In adults, the forewing is variably pale gray to yellowish-brown with distinct white reniform spot and several dark wavy lines completely crossing wing; lacks black basal dash (an important distinction); hindwing brownish-gray with three darker lines crossing wing, and white and dark checkered fringe. Larva body is usually greenish, sometimes reddish, with 7 pairs of oblique lateral stripes; head with pink or yellow band running from eyes to crown; horn pinkish; lower end of stripes extend only to intersegmental area, and lack white granulose spotting.
Adult moths are strictly nocturnal, hiding away as dawn approaches. Found in deciduous forests, shrubby areas, suburban and riparian areas.