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Species Syssphinx hubbardi - Hubbard's Small Silkmoth - Hodges#7711

Silk moth - Syssphinx hubbardi Syssphinx hubbardi bloodshot eyed moth - Syssphinx hubbardi - male Moth - Syssphinx hubbardi - male bloodshot eyed moth - Syssphinx hubbardi Syssphinx (Sphingacampa) hubbardi - Syssphinx hubbardi Hubbard's small silkmoth caterpillar - Syssphinx hubbardi Recently hatched larva - Syssphinx hubbardi
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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 Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily Ceratocampinae (Royal Moths)
Genus Syssphinx
Species hubbardi (Hubbard's Small Silkmoth - Hodges#7711)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphingicampa hubbardi (Dyar, 1903)
Syssphinx hubbardi
* formerly a subspecies of S. heiligbroti, Ferguson gave it the status of a full species in MONA fascicle 20.2A in 1971
* phylogenetic sequence #224325
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet hubbardi in honor of Henry Guernsey Hubbard.
Wingspan 66-77 mm, males smaller than females.
Typical adults are darker than S. heiligbrodti. Most easily identified by range, with S. heiligbrodti restricted to central and south Texas, and S. hubbardi ranging from west Texas to Arizona. There is an overlap zone around Del Rio, TX.
Extreme eastern California, southern Nevada and southern Arizona to western Texas.
Larvae feed on Wright's acacia, honey mesquite and catclaw acacia.
Life Cycle

Larvae flouresce under UV light making them easy to collect (1)
Print References
Ferguson, D. C. 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.2a: p. 44; pl.4.3-5
Knudson & Bordelon (2)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.36.11m, p.237 (3)
Tuskes, pp. 87-88, plate 11--adult, plate 2--larva, map 8 (1)
Internet References
Moths of Maryland - specimen from Arizona
Works Cited
1.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.
2.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.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.