Updated as per range indicated in James P. Tuttle's The Hawk Moths of North America, September 7, 2010
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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The body is black with a white band across the abdomen. The upperside of the forewing is gray-brown; the median area has black lines and a gray band; the underside is white with a black outer margin. The upperside of the hindwing is yellowish white with a narrow black outer margin and black at the base; the underside is white with black at the base and a black marginal band.
Larvae feed on prairie primrose (Oenothera latifolia) in the evening primrose family (Onagraceae). Trying to rear in captivity has proven difficult. Larvae seem to need sunshine, heat and humidity. Pupae probably should be stored in a humid environment (damp tissue wrap) if kept in an artificial situation.
Pupation is in shallow subterranean chambers a couple of inches below soil surface.
Euproserpinus wiesti fourth instar, courtesy of James P. Tuttle.
Euproserpinus wiesti fifth instar, courtesy of James P. Tuttle.
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