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Oenotrus sphinx
Erinnyis oenotrus (Cramer, 1782)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Underside of abdomen has 2 black spots. Male forewing is dark brown, female forewing is gray with mottled brown markings. Black border of the hindwing blends into the orange background color.
Wing Span: 2 7/8 - 3 3/8 inches (7.3 - 8.6 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars spin cocoons on the soil surface.
Flight: . July in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various species in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Paraguay and Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies. A rare vagrant to south Florida and Texas.
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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