Elegant Sphinx

Sphinx perelegans
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Sphinx perelegans, the elegant sphinx, is a species of hawkmoth.

Elegant Sphinx

Sphinx perelegans
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Scientific classification

kingdom: Animalia
phylum: Arthropoda
class: Insecta
order: Lepidoptera
family: Sphingidae
genus: Sphinx

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What does a elegant sphinx eat?


It is native to western North America from British Columbia to Baja California and to New Mexico.


The wingspan is 98–110 mm.


There is one generation per year in the north with adults on wing in June and July. In California, there is one generation (although there might be a partial second) with adults on wing from April to June and again from August to September. The adult of this species is a key pollinator of the rare lemon lily (Lilium parryi) in California. The larvae feed on Arctostaphylos manzanita, Arbutus menziesii, Cercocarpus betuloides and Prunus ilicifolia. In captivity, they will feed on Gaultheria shallon.