Erinnyis lassauxii

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Lassaux's sphinx
Erinnyis lassauxii MHNT CUT 2010 0 360 Catemaco Veracruz Mexico male dorsal.jpg
Male dorsal
Erinnyis lassauxii MHNT CUT 2010 0 360 Catemaco Veracruz Mexico male ventral.jpg
Male ventral
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Erinnyis
E. lassauxii
Binomial name
Erinnyis lassauxii
(Boisduval, 1859)[1]
  • Anceryx lassauxii Boisduval, 1859
  • Anceryx janiphae Boisduval, 1875
  • Anceryx omphaleae Boisduval, 1870
  • Anceryx piperis Schaufuss, 1870
  • Dilophonota cercyon Burmeister, 1878
  • Erinnyis merianae Grote, 1865

Erinnyis lassauxii, or Lassaux's sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae.


The species was first described by Jean Baptiste Boisduval in 1859. It lives from northern Argentina, through Central America, and into the lower United States (Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona).

The wingspan is 92–105 mm. The upperside of the forewing is dark brown with gray streaks along the inner margin and a gray patch at the tip of the wing. The upperside of the hindwing is dark brown with varying amounts of dark orange at the base.[2]


Adults are on wing year round in the tropics and have been recorded from July to October in Arizona, in December in Texas and in September in southern Florida. Adults feed on the nectar of flowers, including Saponaria officinalis and Cynanchum racemosum.

The caterpillars of this species feed on papaya (Carica papaya), cassava (Manihot esculenta) in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), and several plants in the milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae).


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  2. ^ "Erinnyis lassauxii (Boisduval, 1859)". Silkmoths. Archived from the original on 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2011-10-19.

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