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Satellite sphinx
Eumorpha satellitia (Linnaeus, 1771)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside is pale brown; forewing has a dark squarish mark at the middle of the inner margin. The area from the base to the squarish mark is relatively pale. Underside is pale brown.
Wing Span: 4 1/2 - 5 1/4 inches (11.5 - 13.4 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs singly on leaves of the host plant. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in shallow burrows in the soil.
Flight: . Mid-June to mid-November in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Treebine (Cissus) in the grape family (Vitaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including petunia (Petunia hybrida), bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), and white campion (Lychnis alba).
Habitat: Tropics and subtropics.
Range: Brazil and northern Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to South Texas and southern Arizona.
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