Sphingidae of Chile

This checklist is probably not terribly accurate. I fully expect there may be some omissions and probably many erroneous inclusions. I have used a checklist for Argentina as a starting point, but the two countries are separated by the Andes and may have quite different fauna.

If you have corrections to offer, please contact
Bill Oehlke at oehlkew@islandtelecom.com.

Chile is bordered by Argentina on the East, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and is capped by Bolivia to the Northeast and drier regions of Peru to the Northwest.

Please note: this list is very tentative, and highly speculative. Only two species listed have specimen types from Chile, Manduca sexta caestri and Hyles annei.

Manduca sexta caestri, Paine, forming part of Greater Santiago,
and a commune in the Maipo Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile,
courtesy of Nicolas Palacios Prado, tentative id by Bill Oehlke

I strongly suspect that many of the species listed below, which have been found in northwestern Argentina, do not make it over the Andes to fly in Chile. The high altitude, drier regions of northern Chile also offer obstacles to migrating species from southern Peru and Bolivia.

The Sphingidae biodiversity in Chile is probably much less than indicated below.

Higher altitude, drier climate, colder temperatures, etc, probably do not provide suitable habitat for many of the more tropical species.

This updated page is inspired by Bernhard Wenczel who raised some questions about Sphingidae in Chile, April 18, 2011, and it is dedicated to Fernando Calvo of Chile who sends these sighting reports:
Hyles annei flies between Copiapů and Angol;
Hyles euphorbiarum flies between Arica and Rancagua;
Hyles lineata flies between Santiago and Angol;
Manduca sexta (no data);
Agrius cingulata (no data).



Agrius cingulata FC
Cocytius antaeus
Cocytius duponchel
Euryg. guttiventris
Manduca albiplaga
Manduca armatipes
Man. bergamatipes
Manduca bergi
Manduca chinchilla
Manduca contracta
M. diffisa mesosa
Manduca florestan
M. jordani
M. lefeburei
M. leucospila
Manduca manducoides
M. rustica
M. scutata
M. sexta caestri CH
Man. sexta paphus
Man. sexta saliensis
M. stuarti
Manduca tucumana
Manduca undata
Neococytius cluentius
Neogene albescens
Neogene carrerasi
Neogene reevei
Sphinx aurigutta
Sphinx maura
Sphinx phalerata


Adhem. gannascus
Orecta acuminata
Orecta lycidas eos
Protam. s. strigilis


Aellopos ceculus?
A. tantalus tantalus
Aellopos titan titan
C. grises. grisescens
Callionima parce
Enyo lugubris lugubris
Enyo ocypete
Erinnyis alope
Erinnyis crameri
Erinnyis domingonis
Erinnyis ello
Er. impunctata
Erinnyis lassauxi
Erinnyis obscura
Erinnyis oenotrus
H. triptolemus
Isognathus menechus
Madoryx oiclus
Pachylia ficus
Pachylia syces syces
Pachylio. resumens
Perigonia pallida
Pseudosphinx tetrio


Eumorpha analis
Eum. capronnieri
Eumorpha cissi
Eumorpha fasciatus
Eumorpha labruscae
Eumorpha neuburgeri
E. s. posticarius
Eum. triangulum
Eumorpha vitis


Hyles annei CH
Hyles euphorbiarum FC
Hyles lineata FC
X. ceratomioides
X. chiron nechus
Xylophanes docilis
Xylophanes pluto
X. schreiteri
Xylophanes tersa tersa
Xylophanes titana

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