Ceratomia undulosa

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Waved sphinx
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Adult specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Ceratomia
Species: C. undulosa
Binomial name
Ceratomia undulosa
(Walker, 1856)[1]
  • Daremma undulosa Walker, 1856
  • Ceratomia repentinus Clemens, 1859
  • Ceratomia undulosa borealis Clark, 1929
  • Ceratomia undulosa engeli Chermock & Chermock, 1940

Ceratomia undulosa (waved sphinx) is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in the United States, and southern Canada, east of the Rocky Mountains.

Adult moths are strictly nocturnal, hiding away as dawn approaches (Fullard & Napoleone 2001).

Recorded food plants of the larvae include Fraxinus and possibly Quercus species. Larvae then dig underground to pupate. Active eating Datura (Devils Trumpet) The Villages, Fl 32162 9/3/2016.


  • Ceratomia undulosa undulosa (from Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia west to eastern Alberta and Maine to Florida west to the eastern Great Plains and south to Florida, the Gulf Coast and Texas)
  • Ceratomia undulosa polingi Clark, 1929 (Mexico)



  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  • Fullard, James H. & Napoleone, Nadia (2001): Diel flight periodicity and the evolution of auditory defences in the Macrolepidoptera. Animal Behaviour 62(2): 349–368. doi:10.1006/anbe.2001.1753 PDF fulltext

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