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, size.

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.


Aellopos ceculus

Aellopos clavipes

Aellopos fadus

A. tantalus tantalus

Aellopos titan titan


Eupyrrhoglossum corvus

Eupyrrhoglossum sagra

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

Nyceryx maxwelli: 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).

Nyceryx coffaeae
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. Napo

Nyceryx hyposticta
Large species.
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
Tapichalacha, Zamora-Chinchipe

Nyceryx lunaris
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.

Nyceryx magna
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 anal angle.

Nyceryx ericea
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.

Nyceryx riscus
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.

Nyceryx stuarti
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.

Nyceryx tacita
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.



Perigonia grisea: 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 ilus

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.

Perigonia interrupta

Perigonia stulta: 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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