Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Half-blind sphinx
Perigonia lusca (Fabricius, 1777)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Wings and body are dark brown. Forewing upperside has darker median and submedian bands, and gray along the outer margin. Hindwing upperside has a yellow-orange median band, a yellow-orange spot on the inner margin, and a gray spot on the outer margin.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 2 9/16 inches (5.5 - 6.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars pupate in shallow chambers in the ground.
Flight: . Several broods throughout the year in the tropics and Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Coffee (Coffea species) in the madder family (Rubiaceae). In Florida, caterpillars have been reared on tawnberry holly (Ilex krugiana) in the holly family (Aquifoliaceae).
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical.
Range: Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south 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.
Comments: NULL
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