Virginia Creeper Sphinx (Hog Sphinx)
Adult sphinx moths tend to be large, heavy-bodied moths with a long, pointed abdomen. On this species, the top of the forewing has broad bands of dark brown, tan, gray or olive green; note also the dot and its positioning approximately in the middle of the forewing. The hindwings are orange or rusty.
Larvae are “hornworms,” with a pointed taillike “horn” at the end. Young caterpillars are slender and yellowish with a seemingly large “horn.” Mature larvae are green, pink, tan or brown, with 7 pairs of slanted lines on the sides; on each side, these merge into a wide line near the back. The body is swollen at the first abdominal segment (a little way back from the head).
Nearly sixty species of sphinx moths have been recorded from Missouri.