Attributes of Erinnyis obscura

Obscure sphinx
Erinnyis obscura (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside of the female forewing is dark gray to brownish gray with black markings on the basal half and near the center of the costa; some females are nearly all black. Upperside of the male forewing is pale gray with black markings and a black line in the center running from the base to about three-fourths of the wing length. In both sexes, the hindwing upperside is orange with a narrow black border.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 2 9/16 inches (5.6 - 6.5 cm).
Life History: Adults begin feeding at sunset. Caterpillars pupate in cocoons spun on the soil surface.
Flight: . Several flights throughout the year in the tropics, south Florida, and South Texas. One flight from August-October northward.
Caterpillar Hosts: Papaya (Carica papaya), various plants in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) including Philibertia and Cynanchum species, and various plants in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) including Poinsettia.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Uruguay north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to Florida, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. Has strayed to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.
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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November 09, 2012 reutere Montgomery County, Kansas, United States October 30, 2013 Details
July 25, 2012 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States July 21, 2013 Details
January 26, 2013 jacobt Comal County, Texas, United States April 13, 2013 Details
October 09, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States April 05, 2013 Details
May 27, 2012 jeffmci9 Texas, Travis County, United States March 21, 2013 Details
October 30, 2012 rseidler Hidalgo County, Texas, United States March 18, 2013 Details
September 22, 2006 tjantscher Story County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
August 31, 2012 tjantscher Linn County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
October 16, 2012 tjantscher Lee County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
November 29, 2012 Russell Weir Texas, San Patricio County, United States November 29, 2012 Details
October 22, 2012 stanggirl70 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States November 25, 2012 Details
October 10, 2008 legacy.reporter (Marilyn Jones) Texas, Mason County, United States April 08, 2009 Details
January 01, 1913 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 04, 1977 legacy.reporter (Adams, James) Clay County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 18, 1996 legacy.reporter (Smart, Glen) Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 11, 1947 legacy.reporter (Craig, W.S.) Boone County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 29, 1981 legacy.reporter Boone County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
October 14, 1974 legacy.reporter Lewis County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 17, 1976 legacy.reporter Lewis County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 09, 1966 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) McDonald County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 11, 1967 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Barry County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 14, 1972 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Jackson County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 21, 1973 legacy.reporter (Letsinger, Rae) Jasper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 30, 1986 legacy.reporter (Letsinger, Rae) Jasper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 03, 1975 legacy.reporter (Sheeley, R.D.) Pemiscot County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 03, 1990 legacy.reporter Wright County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 20, 1983 legacy.reporter (James P. Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 01, 1989 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
October 02, 1979 Tom Middagh (Tom Middagh) Nobles County, Minnesota, United States July 10, 2008 Details
January 01, 1970 legacy.reporter (Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States December 10, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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