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Species Lapara phaeobrachycerous - Gulf Pine Sphinx - Hodges#7817.1

Lapara phaeobrachycerous - male
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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 Lapara
Species phaeobrachycerous (Gulf Pine Sphinx - Hodges#7817.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Brou's Sphinx Moth
Explanation of Names
Lapara phaeobrachycerous Brou 1994
phaeo brachycerous (G). 'dark, dusky' and 'short horns' i.e., the antennae (Brou, 1994)
wingspan 64-78 mm
This recently-described species is similar in appearance to other members of its genus--see Brou (1994) for description. It should be looked for along the Gulf Coast.

Det. V. A. Brou Jr., 2013
Known from coastal se TX to MS - Map (MPG), but Brou (1994) examined spmns that may be this sp. from GA and SC.
Occurs in LA in the "Florida Parishes" (Brou 1994)
occurs in longleaf pine regions (Brou 1994)
Mar-Oct in LA (MPG)
Life Cycle
Caterpillars are thought to feed on pine (Pinus, Pinaceae) (Brou 1994)
considered by Louisiana to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (1)
Print References
Brou, V.A. (1994). A new species of Lapara (Sphingidae) from Southeastern United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 48(1): 51-57 (PDF)