#7837 obscura

Obscure Sphinx

Erinnyis obscura (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Sphingidae

Status: Rare stray.

Larval Hostplant(s):  Papaya and other plants in the Caraciceae family as well as plants in the dogbane (Apocynaceae) and spurge  (Euphorbiaceae) families. 

Range: A tropical species breeding as far north as the southern tier of states in the US, straying north from there.

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: One to multiple broods depending on latitude. Late summer in Nebraska.

Habitat: .

Avg. Wingspan: 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 Inches

Found at:

Overwintering: As pupa in the soil.

Similar Species:


🔗Links: Moth Photographers Group, BugGuide.net.

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