Attributes of Sphinx kalmiae

Laurel sphinx
Sphinx kalmiae J.E. Smith, 1797

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is yellowish brown with a thin whitish line along the outer margin and a black patch along the inner margin. Hindwing is tan with a black border, black median line, and black patch at the base.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 4 1/16 inches (7.5 - 10.3 cm).
Life History: Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in cells dug in loose soil. Caterpillars of the second brood pupate and overwinter.
Flight: . Probably two broods from March-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), lilac (Syringa vulgaris), fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), privet (Ligustrum), ash (Fraxinus), poplar (Populus), mountain holly (Nemopanthus mucronatus), and northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera).
Adult Food: Bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis) and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Newfoundland and Maine west to Manitoba and North Dakota; south to Alabama and Louisiana.
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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September 03, 2014 Don H Samis Ontario, Canada September 03, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 ladyjane0718 Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 stonehollow Wright County, Minnesota, United States August 14, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Dustynsmom02 Ontario, Canada August 11, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 todonnell Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Cayley Ontario, Canada July 26, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 Jody Ontario, Canada June 25, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States June 21, 2014 Details
April 07, 2014 Shannon Nikic Houston County, Alabama, United States April 07, 2014 Details
August 26, 2013 afiske Michigan, United States February 02, 2014 Details
August 26, 2013 Lula Field Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States January 19, 2014 Details
September 29, 2010 Jim Eckert Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States January 17, 2014 Details
September 23, 2013 rickrayfield Washington County, Vermont, United States October 16, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 mqui129 Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 jimroselake St Louis County, Minnesota, United States September 12, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 curtis.lehman (Margaret Higbee) Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 ggauthereau Sullivan County, New York, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Ken Childs Chester County, Tennessee, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 curtis.lehman (Ashley Abels) Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States August 28, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 Leslie Warren Mahoning County, Ohio, United States August 27, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 BarryMarsh Harford County, Maryland, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 16, 2013 djnesbit Cayuga County, New York, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Tony DeSantis Camden County, North Carolina, United States August 20, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 dtillyer Morris County, New Jersey, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 nickenew Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States August 19, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada August 19, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 KristyBaker Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 taytay22 Orange County, Virginia, United States August 07, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States August 04, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 schmev24 Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States July 30, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 CathK Albany County, New York, United States July 27, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 onlydebster Nova Scotia, Canada July 24, 2013 Details
July 12, 2013 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States July 16, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Scotiaspinner Nova Scotia, Canada June 27, 2013 Details
August 01, 2012 groehm Van Wert County, Ohio, United States June 23, 2013 Details
July 27, 2012 Ezra Schwartzberg (Dale Schweizer) Essex County, New York, United States May 29, 2013 Details
April 06, 2013 MaryAnn Friedman Okaloosa County, Florida, United States April 28, 2013 Details
July 08, 2012 Jeremy Martin Allegany County, New York, United States April 27, 2013 Details
June 26, 2002 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Bedford County, Pennsylvania, United States February 06, 2013 Details
July 26, 2006 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States February 06, 2013 Details
July 28, 2009 tjantscher Boone County, Iowa, United States January 14, 2013 Details
September 08, 2012 jenika1415 Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada November 28, 2012 Details
July 08, 2012 danicajackson Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada November 27, 2012 Details
July 20, 2012 curtis.lehman Nicholas County, West Virginia, United States November 11, 2012 Details
July 27, 2012 Ezra Schwartzberg (Dale Schweizer) Essex County, New York, United States October 02, 2012 Details
September 25, 2012 sunchild14 Saratoga County, New York, United States September 25, 2012 Details
September 12, 2012 Larry522 Washington County, Vermont, United States September 17, 2012 Details
September 15, 2012 adam weil Ulster County, New York, United States September 16, 2012 Details