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Species Euproserpinus phaeton - Phaeton Primrose Sphinx - Hodges#7880

Phaeton Primrose Sphinx Moths Mating - Euproserpinus phaeton - male - female Sphingid larva? - Euproserpinus phaeton Colorful Cat - Euproserpinus phaeton Colorful Cat - Euproserpinus phaeton Colorful Cat - Euproserpinus phaeton Euproserpinus phaeton Euproserpinus phaeton Caterpillar  - Euproserpinus phaeton
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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 Macroglossinae
Tribe Macroglossini
Genus Euproserpinus
Species phaeton (Phaeton Primrose Sphinx - Hodges#7880)
Hodges Number
7880
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euproserpinus phaeton Grote(1) & Robinson, 1865 (2)
Numbers
There are three named Euproserpinus species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
Wingspan 3.2 - 4.2 cm. (2)
Last instar length 30 mm.
Identification
The original description is available online in the print references below.

Range
Southern California and southwestern Arizona to Baja California. (3), (4), (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
Adults are most common from February to April. (MPG)
Food
Larval host plants include members of Camissonia and Oenothera in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae).(5)
Comstock & Dammers (1934) stated that Hulbirt had recorded larvae on Camissonia (Oenothera) bistorta (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) P.H. Raven.
Life Cycle
Comstock & Dammers (1934) description of the life cycle is available online in the print references below.
Remarks
Adults are diurnal. (2)
See Also
Euproserpinus euterpe Hy. Edwards, 1888
Compare on the plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Comstock, J.A. & C.M. Dammers (1934). Notes on the early stages of three butterflies and five moths from California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 33: 141.
Comstock, J. A. (1938). A new race of Euproserpinus phaeton from the Mojave Desert. Bull. So. Calif. Acad. Sci. 37: 33-42. (Full Text)
Grote, A.R. & C.T. Robinson 1868. Description of American Lepidoptera No. 4. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 2: 181.
Hodges, R.W. 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21. p. 142; pl. 13.10, 12. (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 41.11m; p. 246. (5)
Tuttle, J.P. 2007. The Hawk Moths of North America, A Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada. p. 194; pl. 3.7-9. (6)