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890195 – 7872   Proserpinus lucidus (Boisduval, 1852)
             Bear Sphinx

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Synonymy: Arctonotus lucidus Boisduval, 1852
Arctonotus clarki Barnes & Benjamin, 1923
Taxonomic Notes: Proserpinus lucidus (Boisduval, 1852) was formerly in the genus Arctonotus, Jour. Lepid. Soc., 63(4): 233-235.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 135; pl. 12.12-13. order or free PDF
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 41.6m; p. 245. Book Review and ordering
  • Rubinoff, D., 2009. Synonomization of the euphoniuous Arctonotus Boisduval, 1852 (Sphingidae: Macroglossinae) based on molecular phylogenetic analysis. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 63(4): 233-235.
  • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Proserpinus lucidus
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 182; pl. 3.13.
Proserpinus lucidus
© Robyn Waayers
Proserpinus lucidus
© Nancy Hildebrandt
Proserpinus lucidus
– © Ken Osborne
Proserpinus lucidus
© Teá Montagna LG
5th Instar Black Form on Oenothera biennis
Proserpinus lucidus
© Teá Montagna LG
5th Instar Green Form on Oenothera biennis
Proserpinus lucidus
© Teá Montagna LG
4th Instar on Oenothera biennis

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