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Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766)

Имаго  (Asteroscopus sphinx)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Amphipyrinae tribe Psaphidini subtribe Psaphidina genus Asteroscopus → species Asteroscopus sphinx

Species name(s)

Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766) = Phalaena sphinx Hufnagel, 1766 = Bombyx cassinia Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Brachionycha sphinx alpina Seifers, 1916. [9, 10]

The Sprawler.



Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky.

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors


Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Asteroscopus sphinx)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia , Moldova, the Netherlands, the Channel Islands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia,Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, Kaliningrad. [3].
  • Ареал — Европа. [85].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Длина переднего крыла — 2 см, цвет — коричневато-серый. Задние крылья серо-белые. [85].

General info about Imago

  • Местообитания: лиственно-смешанные леса, заливные луга, сады. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • Сфинксы летают с конца сентября до конца ноября. [85].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Ulmus, Quercus, Corylus, Salix, Prunus, Fraxinus and other trees. [28].
  • Лиственные деревья, например, липы или дубы с буками. [85].

Larva lifespan

  • Гусениц можно найти с мая по июнь. [85].

Overwintering stage

  • Зимующая стадия Asteroscopus sphinx — яйцо. [85].

Subspecies of Asteroscopus sphinx


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrej Makara.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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