Dilophonotini of Ecuador
Dilophonotini of Ecuador:
Aellopos, Eupyrrhoglossum, Nyceryx, Perigonia
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.
I have arranged the images in accordance with my perception of wing characters: predominent markings, shape, colour,
There are probaby some Ecuadorian species not listed below, and there are some species not officially confirmed for Ecuador, 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.
Nyceryx hyposticta, Casa Simpson/Tapichalaca, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador,
February 20, 2011, 2000m, courtesy of Pia Oberg.
Nyceryx alophus alophus:
Fw more variegated than N. c. continua, lines more distinct; discal spot narrow, elongate; an abbreviated subbasal blackish band present.
Hw basal yellow area reaching inner margin.
probably not in Peru; CATE
Similar to Nyceryx continua cratera but apex of hindwing upperside brown and
tornal area not yellow. Hindwing upperside with yellow basal area not extending beyond 1A,
and apex brownish-orange (not dark brown).
Almost uniform dark brown ground colour.
Outer margin not deeply hollowed out below apex, instead o.m. divided into two roughly equal, almost straight (slightly concave)
edges with slight bulge at their juncture.
Large, slightly darker trapezoid with base along inner margin, extending to bottom of cell.
Fw: Semitransparent spots in distal half.
Arc from above cell to anal angle is recurved at cell.
Double, convex am lines: dark interior in lower half.
Hw: pink, three transverse black bands.
Bellavista Lodge, Pichincha
Semitransparent spots in distal half of fw and middle of hw.
Black streak on 1A+2A before middle (as in N. ericea but longer and thicker).
o. m.: dark brown patch runs from Rs4 to tornus, with apex on M2;
separate from lunule of same colour between Rs3 and Rs4.
Hw: salmon-pink to brownish-orange basal area.
Fw: dark especially above and outside arc from above cell to anal angle.
Hw: brownish-orange basal area (similar to Nyceryx lunaris), pale greyish-purple bands near
Prominent diffuse, dark arc, upwardly convex, from near midpoint of costa to anal angle.
Thin, dark, scalloped arc from apex to anal angle.
Semitransparent spots in the distal half of the forewing.
N. n. nictitans
Fw: minute discal spot with single white dot on proximal side.
Hw: deep orange base, dark brown marginal band of even width as far as CuA2,
lacks semitransparent spots.
Diffuse, very dark, somewhat angular arc from apex to anal angle.
Fine but distinct lines over reddish brown ground colour.
Lacks significant addition markings on forewing.
Two black, subparallel, concave lines determnie a smooth arc from apex to anal angle with
marginal area and space between two black lines filled with light grey scaling.
Small light grey patch along inner margin. Fine lines over reddish brown ground colour.
Prominent small white triangular patch in upper half of subterminal area.
Strong dark green suffusions over dark brown in costal regions.
Large dark triangular patch with base from body to midpoint along inner margin with right angle to costa.
Significant pale lines define other dark patches.
Forewing upperside uniform grey, crossed by a nearly straight antemedian line, a sinuate, very thin postmedian line and a double submarginal line (outer line heavier)
that runs almost perpendicular from costa to tornus.
Hindwing upperside most similar to Perigonia stulta but yellow tornal patch larger.
Perigonia lusca :
Fw: Dark, slightly irregular, inwardly concave, thick line runs from apex to anal angle.
Prominent, straight, dark aml outwardly shaded in dark brown more widely along inner angle, tapers toward costa.
Small black dot at base of costa midpoint, slightly larger black, short black streak in cell.
Hw yellow band very variable.
Crenulations of forewing outer margin are variable in degree of development, but greatly produced near midpoint.
Forewing upperside lacks distinct grey-brown or pale brown lunate patch on the outer margin.
Forewing underside submarginal line distinct at least from the apex to M2, bordered with grey distally.
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