Attributes of Aellopos fadus

Fadus sphinx
Aellopos fadus (Cramer, 1776)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Body is brown with a wide white band across the abdomen. Upperside of wings is dark brown; forewing has 2 bands of pale spots and lacks a black spot at the end of the cell; hindwing has a pale patch on the costa and one on the inner margin.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 2 3/4 inches (6.4 - 7 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons spun in shallow underground burrows.
Flight: . All year in the tropics; one brood from September-December in Texas, Arkansas, and Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae) including Genipa and Alibertia.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including Abelia.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Paraguay and Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south Florida, South Texas, and Arkansas. Strays to Ohio and West Virginia.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
October 26, 2011 jasonmye Cherokee County, Texas, United States October 31, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Washington County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mahoning County, Ohio, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Galveston County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marion County, West Virginia, United States December 31, 2004 Details