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Species Proserpinus lucidus - Pacific Green Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7872

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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 Macroglossinae
Tribe Macroglossini
Genus Proserpinus
Species lucidus (Pacific Green Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7872)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1852 by Jean Baptiste Boisduval as Arctonotus lucidus (see here).
Explanation of Names
The epithet lucidus is Latin for "clear, bright, shining".
From Mexico through the Pacific Coast states to Washington and into Idaho.
Larvae feed on plants in the Evening Primrose Family, Onagraceae, such as Camissonia, Clarkia, and Oenothera.
Life Cycle

male female
Print References
Boisduval, J.-A. (1852). Lepidoptères de la Californie. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, ser.2, v.10, p.319 (Full Text)
Comstock, J.A. & C. Henne (1942). The early stages of Arctonotus lucidus Bdv. (Lepidopt.). Bull. South. Calif. Acad. Sci. 41:167-171. (Full Text)
Osborne, K.H. (2000). Additional notes on Proserpinus clarkiae and Arctonotus lucidus (Sphingidae) life histories from the Pacific coast of North America. J. Lepid. Soc. 53(4):170-172. (Full Text).
Rubinoff, D. (2001). Observations of adult and larval behavior in the winter sphingid, Arctonotus lucidus (Sphingidae). J. Lepid. Soc. 55(2):78-79. (Full Text)
Rubinoff, D. (2009). Synonomization of the euphoniuous Arctonotus Boisduval, 1852 (Sphingidae: Macroglossinae) based on molecular phylogenetic analysis. J. Lepid. Soc. 63:233-235. (Full Text)
Internet References
Boisduval's original description of the genus and species can be read at this BHL link.