Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Cramer's sphinx
Erinnyis crameri (Schaus, 1898)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside of abdomen is gray, without black bands, and the underside does not have black spots. Forewing upperside is dark brown, and it may have pale yellow brown patches at the tip and along the inner edge. Hindwing upperside is dull orange with a narrow black border.
Wing Span: 3 1/4 - 3 3/4 inches (8.3 - 9.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars spin cocoons on the soil surface.
Flight: . July-August in the southern United States.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various plants in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands and foothills.
Range: Paraguay north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies. Strays north to south Florida, South 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.
Comments: NULL
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