Attributes of Aellopos titan

Titan sphinx
Aellopos titan (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Body is dark brown with a wide white stripe across the abdomen. Wings are dark brown. Forewing upperside has a black spot at the end of the cell and 2 bands of translucent white spots. Hindwing upperside has pale patches along the costa and inner margin.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 2 9/16 inches (5.5 - 6.5 cm).
Life History: The Titan sphinx is a strong flier. Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons within shallow underground burrows.
Flight: . Several broods throughout the year in the Florida Keys, one brood from June-October elsewhere.
Caterpillar Hosts: Seven year apple (Casasia clusiifolia), common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), and white indigoberry (Randia mitis); all in the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including phlox, lantana, and stoppers.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Uruguay and northern Argentina north through Mexico and the West Indies to the Florida Keys. Strays north to Maine, and west to North Dakota and southern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
November 09, 2013 Frank Rinaldi Chambers County, Texas, United States January 07, 2014 Details
November 09, 2013 sherylsr Blanco County, Texas, United States November 09, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States October 30, 2013 Details
May 26, 2013 Glynjer Colon Province, Panama October 28, 2013 Details
October 25, 2013 Jeff McMillian Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 dondubois Texas, Montgomery County, United States October 22, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 15, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 gratiotlake Keweenaw County, Michigan, United States July 30, 2013 Details
May 06, 2012 zerrmick South Dakota, United States July 07, 2013 Details
October 09, 2011 Lenora Miami County, Kansas, United States April 05, 2013 Details
October 01, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States April 05, 2013 Details
August 03, 2012 tjantscher Linn County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
November 04, 2009 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States November 14, 2012 Details
October 01, 2012 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States October 01, 2012 Details
August 16, 2012 lorispencer Logan County, Arkansas, United States September 14, 2012 Details
July 17, 2011 rgibbo3 Galveston County, Texas, United States May 29, 2012 Details
October 03, 2011 Jessica Womack Fannin County, Texas, United States May 29, 2012 Details
October 09, 2011 Joan Rickert Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States October 14, 2011 Details
September 13, 2011 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States September 23, 2011 Details
October 19, 2009 Old Folks Texas, Smith County, United States April 12, 2011 Details
July 13, 2007 lawrencegall (Kevin Keating) Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States January 14, 2011 Details
May 26, 2010 stonehollow (Arne Myrabo) Wright County, Minnesota, United States December 31, 2010 Details
November 01, 2009 legacy.reporter (Charles Mills) Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 26, 2009 SusanLouise (Susan Louise Whitney) Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States December 08, 2009 Details
October 12, 1989 legacy.reporter (Adams, James) Benton County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1973 legacy.reporter (Conners, Jeff) Sullivan County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 14, 1958 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Jackson County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 28, 1969 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, Roger L.) Camden County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 04, 1977 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Benton County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 15, 1992 legacy.reporter Jasper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 16, 1996 legacy.reporter Newton County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
October 16, 1996 legacy.reporter Jasper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 13, 1905 legacy.reporter (Rowley, R.R.) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 29, 1914 legacy.reporter (Rowley, R.R.) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 02, 1982 legacy.reporter (Adams, James) Clay County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 18, 1992 Tom Middagh (Tom Middagh) Nobles County, Minnesota, United States July 10, 2008 Details
September 01, 1979 Tom Middagh (Tom Middagh) Nobles County, Minnesota, United States July 10, 2008 Details
September 12, 1983 Tom Middagh (Tom Middagh) Nobles County, Minnesota, United States July 10, 2008 Details
October 23, 1995 curtis.lehman (Curt Lehman) Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States January 30, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Saline County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brevard County, Florida, 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 Champaign County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cook County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Putnam County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McCracken County, Kentucky, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hancock County, Maine, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Benton County, Missouri, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Camden County, Missouri, United States December 31, 2004 Details