Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Southern pine sphinx
Lapara coniferarum (J.E. Smith, 1797)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Female is larger than the male. Upperside is gray with two (sometimes one or three) black dashes near the wing center; other markings are usually diffuse. Hindwing is uniform brown-gray.
Wing Span: 2 - 2 1/4 inches (5 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Several broods throughout the year in Florida and from March-October in Louisiana, probably two broods from April-September in coastal South Carolina, one brood from June-August northward.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various species of pine including loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and longleaf pine (P. palustris).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Mixed and pine forests.
Range: Nova Scotia and Maine south to Florida, west to Indiana and Louisiana.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR:
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL