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Family: Sphinx or Hawk Moths (Sphingidae)
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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).
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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.
This species appears to be relatively stable over the past decade. The presence of this species over multiple years at the dwarf pine barrens site indicates that the population is viable and reproducing.
The long-term trend for this species in New York is unknown. The numbers of Gordian Sphinx on Long Island have probably declined from historical numbers due to habitat loss from development and the suppression of fires.