Attributes of Sphinx poecila

Poecila sphinx
Sphinx poecila Stephens, 1828

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Fringes are checkered black and white on the forewing, and are almost pure white on the hindwing. Forewing is dark gray with diffuse black and gray wavy lines, a series of black dashes ending at the wing tip, and a white cell spot. Hindwing is brownish gray with a wide black border and a black median line.
Wing Span: 2 11/16 - 3 3/4 inches (6.8 - 9.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in burrows in soft soil.
Flight: . One brood from May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Apple (Malus), sweetfern (Myrica), Carolina rose (Rosa carolina), blueberry and huckleberry (Vaccinium), white spruce (Picea glauca), American larch (Larix laricina), and alder (Alnus).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including dogbane (Apocynum), honeysuckle (Lonicera), lilac (Syringa), evening primrose (Onagraceae), bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), and phlox (Phlox).
Habitat: Coastal barrens, bogs, and deciduous forests.
Range: Newfoundland and Maine south to Pennsylvania; west to Michigan, northeastern Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 29, 2014 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada June 29, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 lyshmcg New Brunswick, Canada June 21, 2014 Details
August 09, 2013 dapollard56 Iosco County, Michigan, United States August 27, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada August 21, 2013 Details
July 08, 2013 Scotiaspinner Nova Scotia, Canada July 16, 2013 Details
June 02, 2013 Scotiaspinner Nova Scotia, Canada June 03, 2013 Details
June 27, 2003 curtis.lehman (Paul Dennehy) Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States February 08, 2013 Details
May 28, 2012 Lula Field Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States February 04, 2013 Details
June 30, 2011 Lula Field Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States January 24, 2013 Details
June 18, 2012 A_Tupper Cumberland County, Maine, United States June 25, 2012 Details
June 07, 2012 Homsie Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States June 10, 2012 Details
May 28, 2011 todonnell Tucker County, West Virginia, United States May 15, 2012 Details
July 23, 2011 ScottAYoung Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States July 24, 2011 Details
June 19, 2010 Opihi Man Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States June 22, 2011 Details
July 03, 2009 legacy.reporter (Eric Selin) Hamilton County, New York, United States October 13, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Stephen Cresswell) Tucker County, West Virginia, United States June 09, 2009 Details
January 01, 1899 legacy.reporter (Sweet, Mr.) Pike County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1913 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter St. Louis City County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
January 01, 1968 legacy.reporter Henry County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 10, 1980 legacy.reporter (Heitzman, J. Richard) Barton County, Missouri, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 26, 1979 Tom Middagh (Tom Middagh) Clearwater County, Minnesota, United States July 10, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cook County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kane County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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