Sphingidae of the Bahamas

Xylophanes chiron chiron courtesy of Paolo Mazzei.

Many thanks to Ric and Sandy Symmes for the following images of Pachylia ficus.

Pachylia ficus, Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas,
on fig foliage, March 1, 2011, courtesy of Ric and Sandy Symmes.

Pachylia ficus, Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas,
on fig foliage, March 1, 2011, courtesy of Ric and Sandy Symmes.

Pachylia ficus, Scotland Cay, Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas,
on fig foliage, March 1, 2011, courtesy of Ric and Sandy Symmes.

Sandy writes, "Yesterday (March 1,2011), I observed two sphinx caterpillers feeding on fig tree leaves in our front yard. They had totally denuded a small fig tree, and, when placed on a bigger fig tree, they happily and efficiently resumed munching. If you want photos to confirm the identity, I can provide same."

Two days later she adds, "The two caterpillars continue to much away on the fig leaves and are growing daily."

Although I believe these "tribal" checklists contain only species within the Bahamas, there are probably some omissions, and there are probably many improper entries.

The list should be reasonably reliable, however, as it is from Pierre Schmit's Liste Systématique for the Dominican Republic.

I have made a few revisions based on internet sources:
Replaced Cocytius antaeus with Cocytius antaeus medor
Replaced Perigonia lusca lusca with Perigonia lusca interrupta
Added, based on specimen type locality: Cautethia exuma, Xylophanes sauna .

Protambulyx carteri has been equated with strigilis, James P. Tuttle, 2007, based on rearing results.

Most recently (March 22, 2017) I have added Xylophanes irrorata, based on an image sent to me by Darrell Ferriss. who reports it from Long Island Bahamas.

Xylophanes irrorata, Long Island, Bahamas, courtesy of Darrell Ferriss

Darrell also send sthe following image of a female Erinnyis ello.

Erinnyis ello female, Long Island, Bahamas, courtesy of Darrell Ferriss

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Bill Oehlke.

Agrius cingulata
C. antaeus medor*
Cocytius cluentius
Cocytius duponchel
M. br. haitiensis
Manduca caribbeus
Manduca johanni
M. quinquemacul,
Manduca rustica
M. rustica cubana
M. s. jamaicensis*
Nannoparce poeyi
Sphinx tricolor

Prot. s. strigilis

Aellopos fadus
Aellopos tantalus
Call. calliomenae
Call. denticulata
Call. falcifera
Enyo lugubris
Enyo ocypete
Erinnyis alope
Erinnyis crameri
Eri. domingonis
Erinnyis ello
Erinnyis guttularis
Erinnyis lassauxii
Erinnyis obscura
Erinnyis oenotrus
Eupyrrho. sagra
Isognathus rimosa
I. rimosus moliter
Pachylia ficus
Pachylio. resumens
Perigonia caryae
Perig. glaucescens
Perigonia lefebraei
P. lusca interrupta*
Perigonia manni
Phryxus caicus
Pseudosphinx tetrio

Eum. fasciatus
Eumo. labruscae
E. s. posticatus
Eumorpha strenua
Eumorpha vitis

Cautethia exuma*
C. noctuiformis
Hyles lineata
X. chiron chiron
X. chiron nechus
X. clarki
Xyl. irrorata DF
Xylophanes pluto
Xylophanes porcus
Xyloph. rhodocera
Xylophanes sauna*
Xylophanes tersa

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