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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November 21, 2016 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States November 22, 2016 Details
November 12, 2016 E.R. Harris County, Texas, United States November 13, 2016 Details
September 12, 2007 Paul Ribitzki Pawnee County, Oklahoma, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 OC galveston Galveston County, Texas, United States November 03, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 elishagt Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States October 20, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 chrissyj88 Harrison County, Texas, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 HLandel Texas, Travis County, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 09, 2016 Lisalou1016 (. ) Texas, Parker County, United States October 16, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 Dana Rodman Collier County, Florida, United States October 16, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 kayparke Comal County, Texas, United States October 12, 2016 Details
October 03, 2016 Rhainesnd Carteret County, North Carolina, United States October 03, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 asylum leech Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 MMM777 Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 12, 2016 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States September 29, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 brandonrelle East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States September 29, 2016 Details
September 29, 2016 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States September 29, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 Beccaboo84 Mobile County, Alabama, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Luckyduck81583 Clark County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 26, 2016 caw33iii Wake County, North Carolina, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 leonebrown Clarke County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 sweetmonkeycheese Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 18, 2016 Michaelwlewis Fort Bend County, Texas, United States September 19, 2016 Details
September 12, 2016 Stott Noble Jefferson County, Alabama, United States September 12, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 Nimmie Sangamon County, Illinois, United States September 11, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 Little River Park Orange County, North Carolina, United States September 07, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 janekostenko St Marys County, Maryland, United States September 03, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 uggiesamantha Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 JacHolly Colleton County, South Carolina, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 lassogames Cabell County, West Virginia, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 16, 2016 johnmiller Bradley County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 erica32paulk Dale County, Alabama, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 Brad C Broward County, Florida, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 ckmckee1 Texas, Montgomery County, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 GBTYTEAM Virginia, Virginia Beach County, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 07, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 20, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 Susanjumps Harris County, Texas, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 MeisoCat Greenville County, South Carolina, United States July 15, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 Bushytail3 Guadalupe County, Texas, United States June 10, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Kathy B. Accomack County, Virginia, United States June 05, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 Marilyn Woodard Harris County, Texas, United States April 02, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 Dianekkdi Palm Beach County, Florida, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 8balokie Pinellas County, Florida, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 Floridarcr Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details