Paratrea plebeja courtesy of Paul Opler.
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Family: Sphingidae Latreille 
Subfamily: Sphinginae Latreille, 
Tribe: Sphingini Latreille, 
Genus: Paratrea Grote, 1903 ...........
Species: plebeja Fabricius, 1777
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The Plebeian Sphinx, Paratrea plebeja
(Wing span: 2 3/8 - 3 inches (6 - 7.5 cm)), flies from Connecticut south to Florida; west to Nebraska, Kansas,
Oklahoma, and Texas. The moth is also taken in Veracruz, Mexico.
© Patrick Coin, used with permission,
The upperside of the forewing is gray with indistinct black and white markings. There is a series of black dashes from
the base to the tip, and a small white cell spot. The upperside of the hindwing is dark gray with an obscure dark median
Durham County, North Carolina,
May 28, 2004
Paratrea plebeja, Gloucester County, New Jersey, courtesy of
Paratrea plebeja adults fly as a single brood in the northern portions of their range
from May-July. In southerly locales there are at least two broods
Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the
abdomen. Adults nectar at deep throated flowers including honeysuckle, bouncing bet, and verbena.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Larvae feed at
night, hiding on the underside of stems during the day.
Preferred hosts are common trumpetcreeper (Campsis radicans),
Florida yellow-trumpet (Tecoma stans),
lilac (Syringa species), and passionflower (Passiflora
species). Jean Haxaire reports them on Tecoma stans.
Larval image courtesy of Doug Malone.
Paratrea plebeja eastern Kansas, courtesy of Antonia Felix,
id by Bill Oehlke, confirmed by James P. Tuttle.
Fully-grown caterpillars pupate in chambers in soft soil.
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