Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Typhon sphinx
Eumorpha typhon (Klug, 1836)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Upperside of wings is deep red-brown with pale brown bands. Hindwing has pink along the costal margin and a triangular white spot on the outer part of the inner margin.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 inches (5.7 - 6.4 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in shallow underground cells.
Flight: . June-August in Arizona.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Mountains in southern Arizona.
Range: Honduras north through Mexico to 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.
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