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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chilton County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monroe County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hartford County, Connecticut, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter New Haven County, Connecticut, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alachua County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Collier County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Duval County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Highlands County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lee County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monroe County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Orange County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pinellas County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Polk County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Putnam County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Volusia County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Wakulla County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chatham County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Clarke County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dougherty County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Glynn County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Murray County, Georgia, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, Troup County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, United States, Walker County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Georgia, United States, Whitfield County December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Adams County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Champaign County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Clark County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coles County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cook County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Crawford County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cumberland County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Effingham County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fayette County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jackson County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Johnson County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Knox County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McLean County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Macon County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marion County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Marshall County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mason County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Menard County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details