Attributes of Paratraea plebeja

Plebeian sphinx
Paratraea plebeja (Fabricius, 1777)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is gray with indistinct black and white markings, a series of black dashes from the base to the tip, and a small white cell spot. Hindwing is dark gray with an obscure dark median band.
Wing Span: 2 3/8 - 3 inches (6 - 7.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars hide on the underside of stems during the day, and emerge to feed at night. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in chambers in soft soil. Caterpillars of the second brood pupate and overwinter in their chambers.
Flight: One brood in the north from May-July, at least two broods in the south from March-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Common trumpetcreeper (Campsis radicans), Florida yellow-trumpet (Tecoma stans), lilac (Syringa species), and passionflower (Passiflora species).
Adult Food: Deep-throated flowers including honeysuckle, bouncing bet, and verbena.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Connecticut south to Florida; west to Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Ranges south to Veracruz, Mexico.
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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July 01, 2014 Stuart Marcus Texas, Liberty County, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 Pamela D. Fisher Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States June 25, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 jeffmci9 Texas, Travis County, United States June 16, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States June 14, 2014 Details
July 15, 2013 Audrey R Hoff Knox County, Tennessee, United States June 13, 2014 Details
August 06, 2013 jrfleullan Bibb County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States August 29, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States July 24, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 Tom Raub Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2013 Details
February 26, 2013 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States March 03, 2013 Details
August 24, 2010 Jeff Trahan Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States December 07, 2012 Details
August 27, 2011 Ken Childs Chester County, Tennessee, United States November 29, 2012 Details
May 18, 2012 Bachasaur Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States November 14, 2012 Details
March 13, 2010 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States October 28, 2012 Details
April 01, 2011 MaryAnn Friedman Okaloosa County, Florida, United States January 03, 2012 Details
September 07, 2011 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States September 08, 2011 Details
May 28, 2011 Eddie Huber Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States July 28, 2011 Details
June 03, 2011 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States July 24, 2011 Details
May 01, 2010 Tony DeSantis Camden County, North Carolina, United States May 25, 2011 Details
August 08, 2005 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States February 28, 2011 Details
July 18, 2009 rdhealy1951 LaRue County, Kentucky, United States February 28, 2011 Details
July 29, 2010 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States February 28, 2011 Details
August 03, 2010 Eddie Huber Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States February 22, 2011 Details
August 12, 2004 drkilmer Frederick County, Maryland, United States January 21, 2011 Details
September 14, 2009 legacy.reporter (Terry Johnson) Richmond County, Georgia, United States August 02, 2010 Details
September 20, 2009 legacy.reporter (Terry Johnson) Richmond County, Georgia, United States January 04, 2010 Details
June 14, 2008 legacy.reporter (Rachel Morin) Texas, Tarrant County, United States April 08, 2009 Details
June 16, 1963 legacy.reporter (Sterner, J.) Adair County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 29, 1973 legacy.reporter Randolph County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 11, 1975 legacy.reporter Bollinger County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 12, 1975 legacy.reporter Bollinger County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 20, 1977 legacy.reporter Callaway County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1971 legacy.reporter (O'Connor, George) Clay County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 07, 1975 legacy.reporter New Madrid County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 30, 1939 legacy.reporter (Hamlet) Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 23, 1970 legacy.reporter (Houser, E.C.) Pemiscot County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
August 18, 1946 legacy.reporter (Elder, William H.) Boone County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
May 08, 1977 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
May 16, 1977 legacy.reporter Boone County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 01, 1991 legacy.reporter (Baker, Rick) Crawford County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 24, 1996 legacy.reporter (Smart, Glen) Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
November 03, 1877 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
September 01, 1962 legacy.reporter (Donahue, R.J.) Bates County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Brower, A.E.) Greene County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 30, 1968 legacy.reporter (Morgan, Tom) Platte County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 17, 1968 legacy.reporter (Hunter, Frank) Cooper County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1971 legacy.reporter (Flick, Steve) Jackson County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1971 legacy.reporter (Akers, Cris) Monroe County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1971 legacy.reporter (Grote, Linda) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
July 10, 1969 legacy.reporter (Ecton, Wiley) Caldwell County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details