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Sphingidae
890135.007816Lapara coniferarum (Smith, 1797) – Southern Pine Sphinx Moth

Joanne Shuman
Distribution: Ranges from Maine south to Florida, and west to Mississippi, Louisiana and Indiana.
Seasonality
and Size:
One brood in the north, probably two broods in coastal South Carolina, and several broods throughout the year in the deep south. Wingspan 50 - 57 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Foodplants are pines, especially loblolly and longleaf pine in the south, pitch pine further north. Larva bright yellow-green, with cream stripes on the back, and above and below the spiracles. No horn. Often has dark red blotches on back, around spiracles and above prolegs. Reddish brown face with yellow edging.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • Forewing gray with two black dashes in median area.
  • Other markings very diffuse.
  • Hindwing pale gray.
Similar Species:
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Sphinx coniferarum Smith, 1797
Sphinx cana Martyn, 1797
Sphinx halicarnie Strecker, 1880
References
  • Barcode of Life Data System (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Bill Oehlke's species page for Lapara coniferarum.
  • Covell Field Guide p.36; Pl. 5(10, male).
  • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 73; pl. 6.5, 7-9. order
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 106; pl. 9.1-2, 5.
  • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 254.
Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

Lapara coniferarum
Denise Gaskill
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Jonathan Burishkin
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Gary Goss
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Ken Childs
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LG – Jim Troubridge
Lapara coniferarum
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Richard Crook LG


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