Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Duponchel's sphinx
Cocytius duponchel (Poey, 1832)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is dark gray with a blue tint. Hindwing is black with a deeply divided yellow patch at the base, and a translucent area that ends sharply at the black margin.
Wing Span: 4 5/16 - 5 7/8 inches (11 - 15 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars are large and have a horn at their rear end.
Flight: . Throughout the year.
Caterpillar Hosts: Custard apple (Annona glabra) and other members of the Annonaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Southern Brazil north through Mexico and the West Indies; rare in Florida and Texas.
Conservation: Not required for a tropical stray.
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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