Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Grote's sphinx
Cautethia grotei Hy. Edwards, 1882


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Forewing upperside is pale silvery gray with black markings; in some moths the wing base may be very dark. Hindwing upperside is deep yellow with a black border that covers less than half the wing.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 9/16 inches (2.8 - 4 cm).
Life History: Adults begin feeding at dusk.
Flight: . Several flights throughout the year in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: David\'s milkberry (Chiococca alba) in the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: The West Indies north to south and central Florida. Strays north to Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL