Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Sage sphinx
Sphinx eremitoides Strecker, 1874

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Forewing is pale gray with a yellowish tint, wavy black lines and dashes, and inconspicuous white spots. Hindwing is pale gray with a white band between 2 black bands, and a diffuse black patch at the base.
Wing Span: 3 - 3 9/16 inches (7.6 - 9 cm).
Life History: Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in chambers in the soil.
Flight: . Two broods, from April-May and from August-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Sage (Salvia species).
Adult Food: Probably flower nectar.
Habitat: Great Plains, probably sandy prairies.
Range: Kansas south to Texas, west to Colorado and New Mexico.
Conservation: Population status and ecological requirements should be investigated.
NCGR: G2 - Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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