Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Cluentius sphinx
Neococytius cluentius (Cramer, 1776)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is blurry black with orange markings. Hindwing is black with orange at the base; orangish yellow patches between the veins form a band across the wing.
Wing Span: 5 1/2 - 6 5/16 inches (14 - 16 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: . Throughout the year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the custard apple family (Annonaceae) and the piper family (Piperaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Southern Brazil north through tropical America to northern Mexico. Strays north to Mississippi, northern Illinois, and southern Michigan.
Conservation: Not required for a tropical stray.
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