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Species Erinnyis obscura - Obscure Sphinx - Hodges#7837

Sphinx Moth? - Erinnyis obscura - female Erinnyis obscura - male Ello sphinx? - Erinnyis obscura - male Obscure Sphinx - Hodges#7837 - Erinnyis obscura Larva - Erinnyis obscura Caterpillar - Erinnyis obscura Obscure Sphinx Moth - Erinnyis obscura Sphinx Moth (Needs ID) - Erinnyis obscura - female
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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 Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Dilophonotini
Genus Erinnyis
Species obscura (Obscure Sphinx - Hodges#7837)
Hodges Number
7837
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erinnyis obscura (Fabricius. 1775)
Sphinx obscura Fabricius, 1775
Dilophonota domingonis Butler, 1875
Orig. Comb: Sphinx obscura Fabricius, 1775
Explanation of Names
obscura (L). "dark, dusky, obscure"
Size
Wingspan 5.6 - 6.5 cm.
Larvae mature to 5.1 cm (Comstock & Dammers, 1935).
Pupa 32 mm (Comstock & Dammers, 1935).
Identification
This small species can always be distinguished from E. ello, which it resembles in having dark longitudinal shade through the fore wings (males only), by its much smaller size, and by the absence of the white and black lateral stripes upon the abdomen.(1)


male
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female
Range
It is common in Florida.(1)
Tropical; Florida to Texas, rare in La. and Miss. Strays north to Pa. Ky. and Neb. August-September.(2)
Season
adults fly late July through October in southern Texas
Food
North American HOSTS:
Gulf Coast Swallow-wort (Cynanchum angustifolium)
Bearded Swallow-wort (Cynanchum barbigerum)
White Twinevine (Funastrum clausum)
Fringed Twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides)
Hartweg's Twinevine (Funastrum cynanchoides heterophyllum)
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Life Cycle
See Comstock & Dammers.
Remarks
Erinnyis domingonus (Butler, 1875) is concidered a dark color morph in Tuttle (2007).
See Also
Erinnyis ello

. . . . . . . . .
Erinnyis crameri

. . . . . . . . .
Erinnyis lassauxii
Print References
Butler, A.G. 1875. Proceedings of the general meetings for scientific business of the Zoological Society of London for the year 1875: 258.
Covell Jr., C.V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of Eastern North America. p.38, pl.6, f.18 (2)
Comstock, J.A. & C.A. Dammers 1935. Notes on the early stages of three butterflies and six moths from California. Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 34(2): 128
Fabricius, J.C. 1775. Systema Entomologiae. p.538
Hodges, R.W. 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21. p.101; pl.9.9, 11(3)
Holland, W.J. 1922. The Moth Book. p.59(1)
Rothschild, W. & K. Jordan 1903. A revision of the Lepidopterous family Sphingidae. Novitates Zoologicae 9 (Supplement): p.368
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map with photos of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photographs of related living adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photographs of pinned related species.
NABA South Texas - species account South Texas.
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - photograph of pinned male adult and lists larval foodplants utilized in Arizona.
silkmoths.bizland - photographs of larvae, living and pinned adults. Species life history and range.
Works Cited
1.The Moth Book
W. J. Holland. 1922. Doubleday, Page & Company.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.