Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Carter's sphinx
Protambulyx carteri Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is indented at the inner margin. Upperside of forewing is yellow to orangish brown with faint markings and no dark submarginal line. Upperside of hindwing is yellow to orange with no markings. Underside is unmarked with no submarginal line, and has a darker outer margin.
Wing Span: 3 3/4 - 4 5/16 inches (9.5 - 11 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: . Throughout the year in south Florida and the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae) including Brazilian pepper.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including jasmine.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Range: Tropical America north through the West Indies to central 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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