New York Natural Heritage Program
Gordian Sphinx
Sphinx gordius Cramer, 1779
Insects
Family: Sphinx or Hawk Moths (Sphingidae)

State Protection: Not Listed
The species is not listed or protected by New York State.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S3
A State Rarity Rank of S1S3 means: Critically Imperiled, Imperiled, or Vulnerable in New York -- Conservation status is uncertain, and could range from especially vulnerable to disappearing from New York, to vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G4G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G4G5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.


Did you know?
The Gordian Sphinx, also known as the Apple Sphinx, is in a group of moths known as the Hawk Moths. Hawk moths are the world‘s fastest flying insects. The fastest one was measured at 50 kph (31 mph).

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York State, this species is known only from the dwarf pine barrens on Long Island. The population is small but stable at this site. Future inventories may locate this species at other pine barrens type habitats both on Long Island and north of the coastal plain.

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