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Species Proserpinus clarkiae - Clark's Day Sphinx - Hodges#7876

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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 clarkiae (Clark's Day Sphinx - Hodges#7876)
Hodges Number
Explanation of Names
clarkiae is Latin for "of Clarkia". Clarkia is a genus of plants in the Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae) that are the main foodplant for this species. The plant genus was itself named for the explorer William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
wingspan 3-3 cm
British Columbia south to Baja California; Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming
oak woodland and pine-oak woodland in foothills
adults fly March to June
The larvae feed on Clarkia unguiculata and related plants in the Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae). - Clarkia unguiculata plant information
Print References
P. Tuttle, 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 189; pl. 3.16(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photos pinned adult and related species for comparison.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photograph of pinned adult and DNA sequence
Works Cited
1.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.