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Species Cautethia spuria - Spurious Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7868

Spurious Sphinx Moth - Hodges #7868 - Cautethia spuria Spurious Sphinx - Cautethia spuria Cautethia spuria from far south TX - Cautethia spuria Grote's Sphinx (Cautethia grotei) - Cautethia spuria Mystery Moth - Cautethia spuria
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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 Cautethia
Species spuria (Spurious Sphinx Moth - Hodges#7868)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cautethia spuria (Boisduval, 1875)
Oenosandia spuria Boisduval, [1875]
Cautethia includes three species in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Wingspan averages 35-45 mm. (3)
Hindwing is dark yellow-orange in the basal half and black on the outer half.
South Texas to South America; strays north to Oklahoma.
Moth Photographers Group has Arizona record.
Adults are most common in January; September to December in Texas. (MPG)
Larval host is Chiococca alba (Indian Milkberry).
Adults take flower nectar.
Cautethia spuria is commonly parasitized‎ by Belvosia sp. (Tachinidae).
See Also
Cautethia grotei which has been found from Florida to New York.
Print References
Boisduval, A. 1874. Histoire naturelle des insectes species général des Lépidoptères Hétérocères. Tome I. Sphingides, Sésiides, Castnides 1: 319.
Hodges, R.W., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21, p. 132; pl. 10.5. (3)
Tuttle, J.P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America, p. 159; pl. 3.5. (2)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.The Hawk Moths of North America, A Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada.
James P Tuttle. 2007. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation Inc.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.