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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Great Ash Sphinx (Sphinx chersis)

JPG-Photo of Great Ash Sphinx

Pale blue-green or pinkish, white granulose spotting, especially evident on thorax and below spiracles. Head with yellow band from antenna to vertex. Seven pairs of oblique lateral stripes, anterior end extending to above proleg of preceding segment. Anal plate flat above; anal plate and anal prolegs without conspicuous black spotting. Similar to waved sphinx. Food: especially ashes, lilacs, and privets (Oleaceae family). Caterpillar: June through November; 2 generations in South, 1 in North.

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