Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Salicet sphinx
Smerinthus saliceti Boisduval, 1875

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing outer margin is wavy. Upperside of forewing is gray-brown with distinct black and white bands. Hindwing upperside is mostly red with a yellow-tan outer margin and a blue spot which is usually divided by a V-shaped black line.
Wing Span: 2 5/8 - 3 1/2 inches (6.7 - 8.9 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: . Probably two broods from April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably willow (Salix) or poplar (Populus).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Valleys and streamsides.
Range: Mexico City north to west Texas, southern Arizona, and extreme southern California; Colorado occurrence requires confirmation.
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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