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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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
October 16, 2015 njtauzier Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States February 13, 2016 Details
September 28, 2012 jmorth Sangamon County, Illinois, United States February 12, 2016 Details
August 14, 2015 Lindabeane Dallas County, Texas, United States February 07, 2016 Details
December 27, 2015 MissButterflylover Okeechobee County, Florida, United States December 27, 2015 Details
December 02, 2015 donnadel Harris County, Texas, United States December 02, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 D. Dodd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 29, 2015 Details
October 04, 2015 BSpears Baldwin County, Alabama, United States November 22, 2015 Details
November 04, 2015 clownpuppy Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States November 04, 2015 Details
October 22, 2015 Leigh Graviss Texas, Tarrant County, United States October 23, 2015 Details
October 20, 2015 Ashelton2009 Fort Bend County, Texas, United States October 21, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 nt091907 Sarasota County, Florida, United States October 13, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 milokirk99 Pike County, Alabama, United States October 11, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 Dianekkdi Palm Beach County, Florida, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Lmurphy199 Martin County, Florida, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Sami9719 Highlands County, Florida, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 laurenejones88@gmail.com Craighead County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 K Stilwell Russell County, Virginia, United States October 04, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 melgeskey Virginia, Virginia Beach County, United States September 30, 2015 Details
September 28, 2015 bfitchnj Cape May County, New Jersey, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 AJ Trently Madison County, Tennessee, United States September 26, 2015 Details
September 21, 2015 Dtinsley Leon County, Florida, United States September 23, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 SuzanneElizabeth Lexington County, South Carolina, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 Ellen Coryell County, Texas, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 Kevin Bronson Sussex County, Delaware, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 txn_grl Texas, Rusk County, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 LadyKat Madison County, Alabama, United States September 15, 2015 Details
August 07, 2013 smash0623 Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Jdranke Wake County, North Carolina, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 11, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 maryfhsu Shelby County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Alicia Jackson Scotland County, North Carolina, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 AJ Trently Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Ru_anthrogirl Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 aemummie Carroll County, Tennessee, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 PJK63 Knox County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 Kylan Harris County, Texas, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 brbaby Texas, Tarrant County, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Wadeco Meigs County, Tennessee, United States July 06, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Croyall Dallas County, Texas, United States June 06, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States June 06, 2015 Details