Attributes of Xylophanes tersa

Tersa Sphinx
Xylophanes tersa (Linnaeus, 1771)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Forewing upperside is pale brown with lavender-gray at the base and dark brown lengthwise lines throughout. Hindwing upperside is dark brown with a band of whitish wedge-shaped marks.
Wing Span: 2 3/8 - 3 1/8 inches (6 - 8 cm).
Life History: Adults begin feeding at sunset.
Flight: . One brood in the north from May-October, several broods in Florida and Louisiana from February-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Smooth buttonplant (Spermacoce glabra), starclusters (Pentas species), Borreria, Catalpa, and Manettia species.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including honeysuckle (Lonicera).
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Massachusetts south to south Florida; west to Nebraska, New Mexico, and southern Arizona; south through Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America to Argentina.
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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October 20, 2014 reminisce2629 Aiken County, South Carolina, United States October 20, 2014 Details
October 02, 2014 Bruce Hart Aiken County, South Carolina, United States October 15, 2014 Details
October 04, 2014 Ginny Broward County, Florida, United States October 05, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 santeeman Clarendon County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 tlrodgers Collin County, Texas, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 mistyturner1982@gmail.com Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States September 19, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 18, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 dlightz Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 dlightz Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Tatiana Staats Sarasota County, Florida, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 JimConrad Texas, United States, Uvalde County September 03, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 hlunsford Escambia County, Florida, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 gldearman Jefferson County, Florida, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 James P Mooney Texas, Nacogdoches County, United States August 20, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 benjaminswinn Petersburg City County, Virginia, United States August 19, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 tampaflygal Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 17, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 laurenmc Gilchrist County, Florida, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 Jacqui 80 Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 CindyM East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 caraleegld Levy County, Florida, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 dngoodtime Harris County, Texas, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States June 13, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 lexiconleo Lee County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
March 14, 2014 RTSinsects Seminole County, Florida, United States April 03, 2014 Details
September 15, 2011 teebird4 Wake County, North Carolina, United States February 17, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 Zombiwoman Greenville County, South Carolina, United States February 05, 2014 Details
September 11, 2008 ddodd Searcy County, Arkansas, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 17, 2013 iloveagoodmoth Autauga County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
January 19, 2014 lilylove90 Broward County, Florida, United States January 20, 2014 Details
October 05, 2011 canderson Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States January 13, 2014 Details
August 05, 2013 Ami1275 Russell County, Alabama, United States January 13, 2014 Details
April 11, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 27, 2013 Details
December 06, 2013 melissagascon St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States December 08, 2013 Details
November 25, 2013 PalmLady Charlotte County, Florida, United States November 28, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 Richard L. Becker Duval County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Gayle Temple Galveston County, Texas, United States November 18, 2013 Details
November 07, 2013 Pinnacle Pillars Manatee County, Florida, United States November 13, 2013 Details
November 10, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 10, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 Kellie83 Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States November 03, 2013 Details
October 19, 2013 stellaluna Okaloosa County, Florida, United States October 23, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 Ctodd_Houston Harris County, Texas, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 mgcarroll Texas, United States, Webb County October 16, 2013 Details
October 15, 2013 Lab7151 Dallas County, Texas, United States October 15, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States October 12, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 Ken42 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 03, 2013 swooten Lexington County, South Carolina, United States October 03, 2013 Details
September 30, 2013 paulselden Douglas County, Kansas, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 Dodie78 Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States September 18, 2013 Details