Attributes of Erinnyis ello

Ello sphinx
Erinnyis ello (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Abdomen has very distinct gray and black bands. Upperside of female forewing is pale gray with a few dark dots near the outer margin. Upperside of male forewing is dark gray and brown with a black band running from the base to the tip. In both sexes, the hindwing upperside is orange with a wide black border.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 3 5/16 inches (7.5 - 8.5 cm).
Life History: Adults begin feeding at dark. Fully-grown caterpillars spin cocoons on the soil surface.
Flight: . Several flights throughout the year in Florida and South Texas. Strays north July-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Papaya (Carica papaya) in the Caricaceae family; various plants in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) including poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima); guava (Psidium species) in the myrtle family (Myrtaceae); also saffron plum (Bumelia angustifolia) in the Sapotaceae.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis).
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands and foothills.
Range: Resident in Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south Florida, Texas, Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada. Strays northward.
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: Ello sphinx caterpillars can be pests of poinsettias.
Taxonomy Notes:

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November 05, 2014 totonka Palm Beach County, Florida, United States November 16, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States September 22, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 TheButterflyEstates Lee County, Florida, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 gwladysddu Palm Beach County, Florida, United States August 15, 2014 Details
October 13, 2013 joay70 Duval County, Florida, United States August 15, 2014 Details
April 16, 2014 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 3ratties Florida, United States June 07, 2014 Details
January 27, 2014 lggrhdbb Palm Beach County, Florida, United States January 30, 2014 Details
November 06, 2013 desertseekernncy Citrus County, Florida, United States January 20, 2014 Details
November 23, 2013 lilylove90 Broward County, Florida, United States November 24, 2013 Details
July 19, 2013 SergioRTC Managua, Nicaragua October 28, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 Dave Patton Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States October 15, 2013 Details
September 30, 2013 Danah Hidalgo County, Texas, United States October 12, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 peekaboo Indian River County, Florida, United States August 01, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 heartbeat85chevy Palm Beach County, Florida, United States July 21, 2013 Details
January 18, 2013 Beds For Butterflies Broward County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
November 30, 2012 Erynne Broward County, Florida, United States December 07, 2012 Details
November 12, 2012 Martin Wolf St Lucie County, Florida, United States November 17, 2012 Details
August 20, 2012 Martin Wolf St Lucie County, Florida, United States September 03, 2012 Details
March 21, 2012 wessrq Sarasota County, Florida, United States March 21, 2012 Details
December 12, 2011 Knightbane Broward County, Florida, United States December 12, 2011 Details
September 05, 2011 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States September 06, 2011 Details
October 12, 2007 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States March 01, 2011 Details
September 19, 2009 lorispencer (Lori Spencer) Logan County, Arkansas, United States December 17, 2009 Details
January 01, 1913 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greene County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 19, 1971 legacy.reporter (Bramman, Debra) Randolph County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 23, 1986 legacy.reporter (Long, Bruce) Callaway County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
October 22, 1977 legacy.reporter Jasper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 02, 1935 legacy.reporter (Meiners, E.P.) Jefferson County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
October 10, 1897 legacy.reporter Audrain County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1980 legacy.reporter (Mitch Marcotte) Nobles County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2009 Details
October 02, 1983 legacy.reporter (Bruce M. Griffin) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 07, 2005 kellyrichers (Kelly M. Richers) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 29, 1981 legacy.reporter (Michael J. Smith) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 10, 1993 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
October 25, 2007 legacy.reporter (Brennan Mulrooney) Monroe County, Florida, United States September 29, 2008 Details
September 02, 2007 lorispencer (Lori Spencer) Logan County, Arkansas, United States September 11, 2007 Details
September 06, 1983 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States May 24, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yuma County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details