Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Huckleberry sphinx
Paonias astylus (Drury, 1773)


Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Outer margin of the forewing is straight. Wings are yellowish orange to brownish orange. Forewing upperside has pink at the base and reduced markings.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 2 9/16 inches (5.5 - 6.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: . Two broods; in Florida from March-September and in Louisiana from April-September; one brood northward from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Blueberry and huckleberry (Vaccinium), cherries (Prunus), and willows (Salix).
Adult Food: Adults may not feed.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Maine south to Florida, west to Missouri and Mississippi.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL

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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

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