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Gulf pine sphinx
Lapara phaeobrachycerous Brou, 1994


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is charcoal gray to brownish gray with white scales along the curving postmedial line and a prominent black dash (sometimes two) near the center of the wing. Hindwing is uniform charcoal gray to brownish gray with no white scales or markings.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 1/16 inches (6.4 - 7.8 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: . Several broods from April-October in Louisiana.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably pine (Pinus).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Pine forests.
Range: Mississippi and eastern Louisiana.
Conservation: Species status and conservation needs should be determined.
NCGR: G2 - Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL