Venezuela Sphingini
Updated as per personal communication with María Esperanza Chacín; April 1, 2005
Updated as per Hawkmoths of the World Kitching and Cadiou, 2000; May 2011
Updated as per CATE Sphingidae, 2009; May 17, 2011

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

This 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 Venezuelan species not listed below, and there are some species not officially confirmed for Venezuela, although I think they have a good chance of being found there.

All images that I use are credited to respective photographers and those images remain the property of the photographers. Data submissions are also acknowledged.

I hope that over the next twenty years the site can be further refined to allow for the creation of state by state checklists for Venezuela.

Many thanks to those who have already submitted photos and information. The CATE Sphingidae site has been extremely helpful regarding descriptions and determinations. If there are mistakes on this site, they are my own. Bill Oehlke.

Amphimoea walkeri from Rancho Grande, H. Pittier National Park, Venezuela
courtesy of Paolo Mazzei.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 aper
high elevation: 2300m 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.

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 johannes
low elevation: 700-1300m Diffuse suffusion of yellowish scales between distinct forewing cell mark-costa as opposed to very distinct, short, yellowish bar in aper. Yellowish apical line slightly more arched in its upper half, straighter in aper.

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