Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Alope sphinx
Erinnyis alope (Drury, 1770)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Forewing upperside is dark brown with short yellowish streaks on the forward half and wavy yellowish bands on the rear half. Hindwing upperside is bright yellow with a wide dark brown border.
Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 3 15/16 inches (8.2 - 10 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in cocoons spun on the ground.
Flight: . Several flights throughout the year in south Florida and the tropics, one flight northward from August-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Papaya (Carica papaya), nettlespurge (Jatropha), and allamanda (Allamanda).
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropics and tropics.
Range: Northern Argentina and Uruguay north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south Florida, South Texas, southern New Mexico, and southern Arizona. Has strayed to Arkansas and Kansas.
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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