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Tersa Sphinx Moth (Xylophanes tersa)

The Tersa Sphinx is angular and hairy, with a pointed abdomen. The upperside of the forewing is pale brown with lavender-gray at the base, with dark brown lines. The upperside of the hindwing is dark brown with a band of whitish, wedge-shaped marks.

Wing Span: 2 3/8" - 3 1/8"

Notorius for quickly decimating Pentas in the home garden!

Host Plants: Smooth buttonplant, Pentas (starclusters), Borreria, Catalpa, and Manettia.

Tersa Sphinx Moth

Tersa Sphinx Moth

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Shown eating on Pentas

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

East Texas, June, 2019

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa) dining on Pentas

Shown here is its large bold eyespot, followed by six more smaller eyespots. A whitish line is positioned under the eyespots.

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar (Xylophanes tersa)

Another instar (brown) of the Tersa Sphinx caterpillar

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

 

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