Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Clavipes sphinx
Aellopos clavipes (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Body is dark brown with a wide white band across the abdomen. Wings are dark brown. Forewing has a black cell spot and 3 white spots near the pale brown marginal area.
Wing Span: 2 - 2 1/2 inches (5 - 6.4 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in shallow underground chambers.
Flight: . All year in the tropics, August in Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Northern Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and Jamaica to Texas, Arizona, and southern California.
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.
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