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Species Syssphinx blanchardi - Sphingicampa blanchardi - Hodges#7713

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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 Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Ceratocampinae (Royal Moths)
Genus Syssphinx
Species blanchardi (Sphingicampa blanchardi - Hodges#7713)
Hodges Number
7713
Other Common Names
Blanchard's Silkmoth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphingicampa blanchardi (Ferguson)
Syssphinx blanchardi Ferguson, 1971
Explanation of Names
Patronym for Texas lepidopterist André Blanchard (1896-1986). (1)
Size
Wingspan 54-78 mm. (males smaller than females)
Identification

male, female, mature larva
Range
s. TX (Cameron and Hidalgo counties) / Mex. - Map (2),(MPG)
Habitat
Ebony woodlands (2)
Season
Adults fly March through November.(2)
Food
Texas ebony - Ebenopsis ebano (Fabaceae) is likely the only natural host plant in the US, however larvae readily accept a variety of other legumes. (2)
Remarks
Usually uncommon in the valley, but may sometimes appear in good numbers in places like Santa Ana NWR and the Sabal Palm Sanctuary (3)
September 2011 the USFWS determined the species will not be listed as endangered or threatened but will welcome any new information on the status of this species.
Texas Parks & Wildlife considers this to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (4)
Print References
Ferguson, D.C., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.2a. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc. p. 47; pl. 4.9-13. (5)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.André Blanchard (1896- 1986)
Roy O. Kendall. 1987. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 41(4): 219-237.
2.The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins. 1996. Cornell University Press.
3.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 2B: Macro-Moths
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2004. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. xiv + 59 pp. 20 plates.
4.Texas "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) - TPWD, 2012
5.MONA - Saturniidae
D.C. Ferguson. 1971. E.W. Classey & R.D.B. Publications Inc.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group