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Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar


The snake-like Tersa Sphinx caterpillar may be brown or green, but the eyespots are always helpful for identification.


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

Caterpillar Details



The Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar becomes the Tersa Sphinx Moth.

Length:
0.0 " to 2.1 " (1mm to 55mm)

Description:
brown, side spots, snake-like, green, mottled, big eyes, black thorn tail, horn, light side stripe, bulging head
Image Credit: Arch Baker
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Adult Form (Tersa Sphinx Moth)
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Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar Diet



Virginia buttonweed; madder; starcluster

Territorial Areas



Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; Nevada; New Mexico; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; Mexico
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Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
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The map above showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.*NOTE: States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Tersa Sphinx Moth Caterpillar. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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