Attributes of Sphinx perelegans

Elegant sphinx
Sphinx perelegans Hy. Edwards, 1874

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is dark gray with a pale gray line along the outer margin and a diffuse pale gray patch from the base to the center of the wing. Hindwing is black with white bands.
Wing Span: 3 9/16 - 4 5/16 inches (9 - 11 cm).
Life History: Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in chambers in the soil.
Flight: . Two broods from April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Snowberries (Symphoricarpos), apple and plum (Prunus), manzanita (Arctostaphylos), and mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including evening primrose and rhododendron.
Habitat: Oak woodlands and mountains.
Range: British Columbia south to southern California and Baja California Sur, east to Colorado and New 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: Caterpillars are sometimes pests of plum and apple trees.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 22, 2014 Mike 701 Napa County, California, United States July 25, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 jim.odonater Lake County, Oregon, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 tjb7689 Salt Lake County, Utah, United States July 07, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 jim.odonater Siskiyou County, California, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 Jforslund Lake County, California, United States June 21, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 cmaerossi Contra Costa County, California, United States August 27, 2013 Details
April 21, 2013 madt67 Los Angeles County, California, United States April 30, 2013 Details
May 23, 2012 sonofbert Mendocino County, California, United States July 02, 2012 Details
August 03, 2011 kpaschal Klamath County, Oregon, United States September 14, 2011 Details
August 02, 2011 Westy Los Angeles County, California, United States August 22, 2011 Details
July 11, 2009 davidwdroppers (David Droppers) Chelan County, Washington, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 16, 2010 davidwdroppers (David Droppers) Chelan County, Washington, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 16, 2009 davidwdroppers (David Droppers) Chelan County, Washington, United States August 21, 2009 Details
June 30, 2007 davidwdroppers (David Droppers) Chelan County, Washington, United States August 30, 2007 Details
June 11, 1964 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States May 24, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alpine County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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