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Tersa Sphinx Moth


The Tersa Sphinx Moth holds many of the common characteristics associated with moths including an arrowhead-like shape.


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Image Credit: Cookie E. from Raeford, North Carolina.
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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Xylophanes
Species: tersa
The Tersa Sphinx Moth is typically 1.2 inches to 6.1 inches (32mm to 155mm) in size and has the following descriptors / identifiers: brown, tan, cream, ivory, lines, angled, triangle, stripe, hairy, flying, smooth, ripple, pointed wing tip.

Color Identification Guide



Various colors commonly associated with this Moth.

Brown
Tan
Ivory

This Moth's Caterpillar



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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)


The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Tersa Sphinx Moth 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.
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
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