Smerinthini thumbnails

Colombia Sphingini:
Agrius, Amphimoea, Neococytius, Lintneria,
Cocytius, Amphonyx, Morcocytius, Pseudococytius,

This tentative checklist will become more accurate as images and information are sent to me. If you would like to assist in the development of this worldwide Sphingidae data/image base, please send info and images to Bill Oehlke.

All images I receive remain the property of respective photographers and are credited as such. Data such as wingspan, date, elevation, precise location, etc., is credited to persons who submit same.

I have arranged the images in accordance with my perception of wing characters: predominent markings, shape, colour, size.

There are probably some Colombian species not listed below, and there are some species not officially confirmed for Colombia, although I think they have a good chance of being found there.

Females often have a wing shape or pattern that differs from the males. I hope some day to also have a thumbnail checklist for the females.

Agrius, Amphimoea, Lintneria, Neococytius

Agrius cingulatus
Distinctive thoracic pattern
Lateral abdominal patches deep pink; occasionally off-white: form "decolora"
Black upper halves of am and pm lines and two thin black streaks below cell delineate a slightly darker grey-brown subtrapezoidal area.
Considerable whitish scaling tracing outer pm line from costa to inner margin
Sbtrmnl area: three sub-rectangular markings from middle toward anal angle.

Lintneria merops
Thorax: prominent bands: lateral & mesial edges black with reddish brown interior
Abdomen with prominent alternating black and off-white bands broken by grey brown longitudinal midline
Forewing with series of often irregular, incomplete transverse lines & streaks on pale brownish-buff ground colour;
darker brown from below cell to subterminal area.
Villavicencio, Meta, 500m;
April 17, 2011, Gregory Nielsen

Amphimoea walkeri
Distinct abdominal pattern of longitudinal yellow and black lines
Forewing ground colour yellowish-buff with prominent darker markings;
two bars emanating below cell, widen diffusely (often maroon) to pm lines
Hindwing discal area semi-transparent
PNNG, Isla Gorgona, Cauca, Colombia,
May 27, 2011, Humberto Calero Mejia

Lintneria merops judsoni:
I am pretty sure this subspecies has been equated with Lintneria merops.

Neococytius cluentius
Abdomen with six large lateral yellow marks, surrounded by black on each side
Forewing dark charcoal grey with very prominent wide orangey-buff band along inner margin, and another similar wide band from the cell to the outer margin
Villavicencio, Meta; 500m;
February 23, 2011, 120mm; GN

Lintneria arthuri
Thorax and forewing are mousey grey without prominent markings
Two pale yellow dots, outwardly accented with black at juncture of thorax with abdomen
Adomen: alternating black & off-white bands, broken by wide longitudinal grey stripe
Hindwings with wavy white bands on black
questionable in Colombia

Cocytius, Amphonyx, Morcocytius, Pseudococytius
The Cocytius genus has recently been divided into several new genera. The moths listed below were previously all considered Cocytius species.
Cocytius macasensis is now considered a junior synonym of Amphonyx lucifer.

Cocytius antaeus
Fw upperside semitransparent posterior to vein CuA1; black dash here consequently more or less obliterated; dash posterior to vein M3 heavier, buffish white subbasal line separated into costal, more distal disco-cellular, and posterior part, differing from Cocytius duponchel in that posterior part is more distal, at right-angles to cubital vein and more distal than costal part; the reverse is true in Cocytius duponchel; postdiscal line more curved than in Cocytius duponchel. Both wings undersides often with conspicuous ochre-yellow wash. Hindwing upperside with transparent spaces long, that posterior to vein M1 obviously longer than the brown wing border is broad; these spaces incised distally as the border is dentate between veins; a semitransparent patch that posterior to vein CuA2 anteriorly.

Amphonyx duponchel
Two thin dark streaks from upper thorax to mid thorax where they expand into teardrops.
Forewing upperside with black discal dashes between veins M3 and CuA2 not prominent; discal spot transverse, kidney-shaped, dirty white. Hindwing upperside with translucent patch posterior to vein M1 shorter than the black marginal band is broad at vein M1
PNNG, Isla Gorgona, Cauca, Colombia,
May 31, 2011, Humberto Calero Mejia

Amphonyx lucifer
Thorax: black markings prominent against greyish green.
Abdomen: mesial line usually prominent, sometimes faint or widely interrupted.
Ground colour varies from walnut shell, yellowish-brown to greenish-grey.
Two narrow, distinct dark streaks posterior to veins M3 and CuA1.

Morcocytius mortuorum
Dull orange band across upper abdomen at junction with thorax.
Three small yellow-orange dots between each abdominal segment,
Note strong presence of white scales in antemedial line.
Forewings lack streaks or bars.

Pseudococytius beelzebuth
More orangey-brown shading on forewing than in other species in this group. Strong presence of black diagonal line from costa to cell. Line, interrupted by cell, continues as thicker, shorter black bar, parallel to inner margin. Black, much thinner streak often interrupted above bar.


Euryglottis albostigmata
Distinct in colour and patterning from other Euryglottis species. Fw dorsal surface lacks white apical slash, lacks lower subterminal angle-shaped markings.

Euryglottis aper
The forewing dorsal surface has a well marked discal band of three lines. The ventral surface of the abdomen has apical dots on sternites 3-5, but these are indistinct as compared with those of Euryglottis guttiventris.
northern Central Cordillera,
1600m, courtesy of Joakim Johansson.

Euryglottis davidianus
Similar to Euryglottis aper, but easily distinguished by the head paler; yellow abdominal spots smaller; forewing upperside with antemedian and postmedian lines much straighter.

Euryglottis dognini
Abdomen: three rows of white spots on each side; middle row not yellow as in Euryglottis davidianus and Euryglottis aper. Abdomen ventral surface: large white patch at base. The tips of coxae are white. CATE

Euryglottis guttiventris
Abdomen underside with apical spots on sternites 3-5 distinct, more so than in Euryglottis aper; basal patch pale. Forewing upperside with discal band and vein-streaks less distinct than in Euryglottis aper.
questionable in Colombia

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