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Tersa Sphinx moth caterpillar

(Xylophanes tersa tersa)

Description:

The wingspan is 60-80 mm. The upperside of the forewing is pale brown with lavender-gray at the base and has dark brown lines. The upperside of the hindwing is dark brown with a band of whitish, wedge-shaped marks. Adults are on wing in one generation in the north with adults on wing from May to October. There are several generations in Florida and Louisiana with adults on wing from February to November. In the tropics, adults are on wing year round. The adults feed on the flower nectar of various flowers, including Lonicera, Mirabilis jalapa and Asystasia gangetica.

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JasonHarris
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JasonHarris

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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