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    Tersa Sphinx Moth - (Xylophanes tersa)

    Big, bold Tersa Sphinx Moths are sleek, modern looking moths, deviating from the fluttering wing usually seen with these nocturnal insects.

    Staff Writer (9/22/2016): The large, stiff wings of this moth may give it the appearance of a small bird. Tersa Sphinx Moths are hairy and angular, like a streamlined stealth fighter. Their large size and projection at the tip of their abdomen may cause alarm at first, but they are quite harmless moths. As members of the Sphinx Moth family, big size and strong wings are standard.

    Adults feed on pollen, though some other species of Sphinx moths also eat decaying fruit or tree sap.

    Caterpillars can be either green or light brown. Both color variations have an eyespot near the front of the head and small white spots in line with it along the sides of the body. Cocoons are usually under formed leaf litter at the soil's surface.

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    Tersa Sphinx Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Tersa Sphinx Moth
    Scientific Name: Xylophanes tersa

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sphingidae
           Genus: Xylophanes
            Species: tersa

    Size (Adult, Length): 32mm to 155mm (1.26in to 6.10in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; white; ivory; black; green; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: triangle, stripe, hairy, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; Nevada; New Mexico; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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