Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Pacific green sphinx
Proserpinus lucidus Boisduval, 1852

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Identification: Body is short and stout. Forewing upperside is green to olive green with pink and brown markings. Hindwing upperside is pale rose pink with a darker submarginal band.
Wing Span: 1 7/8 - 2 3/8 inches (4.8 - 6.1 cm).
Life History: Adults fly during the day.
Flight: . One brood from late January to March.
Caterpillar Hosts: Evening primrose (Oenothera dentata var. campestris) and clarkias.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Oak woodlands, and grasslands.
Range: Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and California.
Conservation: Not usually required. Development and invasion of habitat by exotic weeds has probably reduced the number of populations.
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
Taxonomy Notes: Formerly in the genus Arctonotus
Alternate Scientific Names:
Arctonotus lucidus