Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Northern pine sphinx
Lapara bombycoides Walker, 1856


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is gray with heavy black bands. Hindwing is brownish gray with no markings.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 3/8 inches (4.5 - 6 cm).
Life History: Caterpillar does not have a horn on its abdomen. Caterpillars pupate in thin cocoons underground.
Flight: . One brood from June-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various pines including red pine (Pinus resinosa), pitch pine (P. rigida), and Scotch pine (P. sylvestris); and American larch (Larix laricina).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Mixed and coniferous forests.
Range: Nova Scotia west to Manitoba and Minnesota, south to Florida.
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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