Sphingidae of Uruguay

Xylophanes tera.

Special thanks goes to Ezequiel Osvaldo Núñez Bustos of Argentina for sending me this checklist for Uruguay.

Although I believe these "tribal" checklists contain only species within Uruguay, I fully expect there are omissions. If you have corrections to offer, please contact
Bill Oehlke at oehlkew@islandtelecom.com.

Ezequiel Osvaldo Núñez Bustos of Argentina will be sending images and data from his country, and many of those species are also found in Uruguay.

I have recently (January 29, 2011) been contacted by Msc Maria Gabriela Bentancur Viglione, Faculty of Sciences, Montevideo, Uruguay, who indicates a recently published checklist (2010) will shortly be forthcoming. I will update this page and respective files when I receive the information.

I have now received the checklist. Those species highlighted in green and followed by SU for Sphingidae of Uruguay have been added to the previous list, based on SHILAP publication: Lista de Sphingidae del Uruguay, September, 2010. Two species, Manduca lucetius and Nyceryx alophus ixion, indicated by Ezequiel Osvaldo Núñez Bustos are not confirmed by the SHILAP publication. All other species are confirmed.

I have subsequently removed lucetius, based on information from Maria Gabriela Bentancur Viglione who writes, February 1, 2011, "Regarding the species Manduca lucetius that appointments to Uruguay: it is an error of determination; the specimens in the collection with that name are actually Manduca contracta. In my review that error was fixed and therefore removed from the list that species."

Gabriela writes, February 23, 2011:

Estimados amigos:

El motivo de esta comunicación es informarles que a partir del lunes 28 de este mes sale mi nuevo libro: Mariposas del Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay.

Esta es la primer guía de mariposas del Uruguay; con más de 100 fotografías de 80 especies frecuentes en nuestro país y países vecinos.

Por ejemplo en este libro van a ver a la especie T. Agripina con hasta 35 cm de envergadura, lo que la transforma en una de las más grandes del mundo además de varias especies de hermosos colores tanto diurnas como nocturnas.

Cada ficha se complementa la descripción de la especie, con mapas de distribución para Uruguay, sur de Brasil, Argentina y Paraguay; hábitat más frecuente para localizar a los adultos; así como las plantas hospederas de las orugas, para aquellos interesados en la reproducción de estos seres increíbles.

El costo del mismo a un precio lanzamiento de $300 (pesos uruguayos) . Los interesados podrán solicitarlo al e-mail: Maria Gabriela Betancur Viglione o al celular de la autora: 095 205 900

Agradecemos la difusión de esta noticia!!

Saluda atentamente,
María Gabriela Bentancur Viglione
Magister en Zoología
Email: Maria Gabriela Betancur Viglione
Cel: 095 205 900

Disclaimer: I (Bill Oehlke) have not seen this book, but I believe it is probably very well done. However, as with any internet transaction, proceed at your own risk.

Spanish to English transaction:

This is the first guide to butterflies of Uruguay, with over 100 photographs of 80 species common in our country and neighboring countries.

For example in this book will see the species T. Agrippina with up to 35 cm wingspan, making it the one of the largest in the world besides several species of beautiful colors day and night.

Each photo will complement the description of the species, distribution maps of Uruguay, southern Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay most common habitat to locate adults and host plants of caterpillars, for those interested in learning more about these incredible beings.

Currency converter indicates 300.00 UYU = approximately 15.5007 USD, February 23, 2011. I do not know the shipping charges. Contact Maria Gabriella by email or cell phone for more details.


Agrius cingulatus EB
Cocytius antaeus SU
Mand. armatipes SU
M. bergamatipes SU
Lintneria justiciae EB
Manduca contracta EB
M. diffissa diffissa EB
Manduca exiguus
Manduca lichenea EB
M. quinquemac. SU
Manduca rustica EB
Man. sexta paphus EB
Manduca undata EB
Neococ. cluentius SU
Neogene reevei EB


Ad. g. gannascus SU
Orecta lycidas eos EB
Protamb. s. strigilis EB


A. tantalus tantalus EB
Aellopos titan titan EB
C. grises. grisescens EB
Callionima parce EB
Enyo l. lugubris EB
Erinnyis alope EB
Erin. domingonis EB
Erinnyis ello EB
Erinnyis lassauxi EB
Erinnyis obscura EB
Erinnyis oenotrus EB
Eupyrrho. sagra EB
Nyceryx a. alophus SU
Nyceryx a. ixion EB
Pachylia ficus EB
Pachylia s. syces EB
Pachylio. resumens EB
Perigo. passerina EB
Phryxus caicus EB
Pseudosph. tetrio EB


Eumorpha analis EB
Eum. anchemolus EB
Eumorpha fasciata EB
Eumor. labruscae EB
Eumor. satellitia SU
Eumorpha v. vitis EB


Hy. euphorbiarum EB
Hyles lineata EB
Xylophanes chiron EB
Xylophanes t. tersa EB

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