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Species Sphinx gordius - Apple Sphinx - Hodges#7810

Sphinx gordius Apple Sphin - Sphinx gordius - Sphinx gordius Sphinx poecila (et al?) - Sphinx gordius Apple Sphnix - Sphinx gordius Apple Sphnix - Sphinx gordius Apple Sphnix - Sphinx gordius Apple Sphinx - Sphinx gordius
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Sphinx
Species gordius (Apple Sphinx - Hodges#7810)
Hodges Number
7810
Explanation of Names
Cramer, 1780.
Size
WS 65-95mm
Identification
Color and markings are highly variable. Fringes on forewing are mostly black with some white, those on the hindwing are mostly white with a few black patches. Forewing ranges from brown with black borders through brownish gray with paler borders to pale gray with no borders. Dashes, submarginal line, and cell spot are usually weak. Hindwing is gray to yellow-gray with a black border and a black median line which ranges from distinct to diffuse.
(From BMNA site)

According to The Hawk Moths of North America by James Tuttle, this species can be separated from the similar Northern Apple Sphinx (Sphinx poecila) by the dark shading in the submarginal area of the forewing. In S. poecila, the submarginal area is concolorous with the rest of the forewing.
Range
Southeastern New York and New Jersey, south to central Florida; West through southern Illinois, Colorado, and Utah; North through the Rocky Mountains to Manitoba
Habitat
Coastal barrens, bogs, and deciduous forests.
Season
May-September in most of the range.
From February-April in Florida.
Food
Larva feed on: Apple (Malus), sweetfern (Myrica), Carolina rose (Rosa carolina), blueberry and huckleberry (Vaccinium), white spruce (Picea glauca), American larch (Larix laricina), and alder (Alnus).
(From the BMNA site)
Life Cycle
Larva pupate in soft soil.