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7830 – Pseudosphinx tetrio,

Tetrio Sphinx Moth

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Freshly emerged male

Final instar larva

  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

Adult Flight Chart

Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island
K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West

Distribution Chart

General Species Information

Host Plant: Frangipani Plumeria, and other plants in the Dogbane family (Apocynaceae)

Historical Range: Florida, Texas, Caribbean and Central America

Our Experience with this Species: We have found this species several times in the Keys. They have shown up on Key Largo, Big Pine Key and No Name Key. We had 3 individuals come to a mercury vapor lamp in one night in September of 2013 on No Name Key

Notes: The larvae for this species are fantastic displaying red, orange and yellow warning colors as they are likely toxic if consumed. They can defoliate a full grown frangipani (Plumaria) tree in a short time. Larvae are more frequently encountered than adults.


Final instar larva

Freshly emerged male

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