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Banded sphinx
Eumorpha fasciatus (Sulzer, 1776)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside is dark pinkish brown. Forewing has a lighter brown band along the costa, and sharp pinkish white bands and streaks. Hindwing has a pink patch on the inner margin and pink along the outer margin.
Wing Span: 3 7/16 - 3 13/16 inches (8.7 - 9.6 cm).
Life History: Adults begin feeding at dark. Caterpillars pupate in shallow chambers in the soil.
Flight: . Several flights in Florida throughout the year, several flights in Louisiana from April-November, two flights in coastal South Carolina from May-July and August-October, one brood northward from August-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Primrose-willow and other plants in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical, subtropical, and austral lowlands.
Range: Northern Argentina north through Central America and Mexico to southern California and southern Arizona; east to Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and South Carolina. Strays north to Missouri, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Nova Scotia.
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
Alternate Scientific Names:
Eumorpha fasciata