Tersa Sphinx Moth
Xylophanes tersa (L.)
Hodges 7890


Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
October 4, 2005

Identification: Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Page 43. Easily identified by the unusually long, pointed abdomen, and the jagged black markings on the hindwing, which contrast sharply with the yellowish-white median area. The forewing is pale brown with inconspicuous darker brown lines. The caterpillar host plants are buttonplants and starclusters.

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