Attributes of Sphinx sequoiae

Sequoia sphinx
Sphinx sequoiae Boisduval, 1868

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: The dark form, occurring from Oregon to central California, has blue-gray forewings with black dashes along the middle. The pale form, in the juniper belt of the rest of the range, is very pale gray with only a faint blue tint.
Wing Span: 1 7/8 - 2 11/16 inches (4.8 - 6.8 cm).
Life History: Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in underground burrows.
Flight: . One brood from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: California juniper (Juniperus californica) and Rocky Mountain juniper (J. osteosperma).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of western chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. demissa) and California buckeye (Aesculus californica).
Habitat: Desert and pinyon-juniper woodland.
Range: Oregon south through California, Nevada, and southeastern Utah to Arizona; south into northern Baja California.
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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September 06, 2011 mistromom El Dorado County, California, United States October 10, 2012 Details
June 01, 1996 legacy.reporter (Tom Dimock) Ventura County, California, United States May 24, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Butte County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calaveras County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Dorado County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lake County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mariposa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Modoc County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nevada County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Placer County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Plumas County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Riverside County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Bernardino County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Diego County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Mateo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Shasta County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Siskiyou County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sonoma County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tuolumne County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baja California Norte, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Clark County, Nevada, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baker County, Oregon, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Crook County, Oregon, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jefferson County, Oregon, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Josephine County, Oregon, United States December 31, 2004 Details