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890123.007812Sphinx drupiferarum Smith, 1797 – Wild Cherry Sphinx

Marius Aurelian
Distribution: An uncommon species, ranges coast-to-coast from Nova Scotia to British Columbia southward where, excepting Florida and the desert southwest, it is found in the northern portions of the Gulf States and northern California.
and Size:
One brood throught most of its range, possibly two broods southward, flight period May into July. Wingspan 90 - 110 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Foodplants include apple, cherry, peach, plum, lilac and hackberry. Larva is a green hornworm with 7 pairs of oblique lateral stripes, horn is purplish with yellowish-green base. Head is granulose with a pair of purplish lateral bands.
Field Marks:
  • Forewing dark gray with white edgings along the costa and outer margin.
  • Reniform spot with black edges.
  • Hindwing dark gray with two light gray bands.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Sphinx drupiferarum Smith, 1797
Sphinx marginalis Clark, 1936
Sphinx utahensis Edwards, 1881
Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

Sphinx drupiferarum
Nolie Schneider
Sphinx drupiferarum
Nolie Schneider
Sphinx drupiferarum
Nolie Schneider
Sphinx drupiferarum
100mm – Jim Vargo
Sphinx drupiferarum
Janice Stiefel
5th instar
Sphinx drupiferarum
Canadian National Collection LG

Sphinx drupiferarum
Janice Stiefel
4th instar

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