Adhemarius daphne interrupta
Updated as per personal communication with Brian Fletcher (Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Cartago, Costa Rica, October 24, 2007, 900m); March 19, 2014

Adhemarius daphne interrupta
(Boisduval, [1875]) Amplypterus

Adhemarius daphne interrupta??, Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Cartago, Costa Rica,
October 24, 2007, 900m, courtesy of Brian Fletcher.

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Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Adhemarius, Oiticica, 1939
Species: daphne, (Boisduval, [1875])
Subspecies: interrupta, (Closs, 1915)


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Adhemarius daphne interrupta (approximate wingspan: mm) flies in
Mexico: Quintana Roo (BT); Costa Rica, so I suspect it flies throughout Central America.

I have no good resource with an image of Adhemarius daphne interrupta labelled as such. Nor do I have what I would consider a valid description of this subspecies. Accoring to J. B Heppner's Atlas of Neoptropical Lepidoptera, Closs, 1915, first described this moth as a form of Amplypterus gannascus gannascus.

In 1939 Oicitica introduced the genus name Adhemarius and a number of species from Amplypterus were reassigned to that genus.

In 1875 Boisduval described Amplypterus daphne, which also has been reassigned to Adhemarius, and was treated as a synonym of Adhemarius g. gannascus for a time. This moth (interrupta) was then recognized as a subspecies of nominate gannascus, but has most recently been validated by DNA barcoding analysis as more closely related to the reinstated Adhemarius daphne. Hence it stands now as Adhemarius daphne interrupta.

I have identified the specimen at the top of the page as Adhemarius d. interrupta by process of elimination. It could be nominate gannascus; it could be nominate daphne, but because it has a series of five very prominent, dentate, diffuse, forewing lines not seen by me (Bill Oehlke) in any other examples of daphne or gannascus, I think it may be Adhemarius daphne interrupta. I could be wrong!

"This species (nominate daphne) is frequently confused with A. gannascus. However, the two species are easily separated by the shape of the subapical mark on the forewing costa (Haxaire, 1986). In A. gannascus, this mark is a narrow, comma-shaped lunule, whereas in A. daphne, it is much broader. Haxaire & Herbin (2000) recorded this species (nominate daphne) from Yocumo [Yacuma] (350m), Department of Beni."

Adhemarius daphne interrupta??, Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Cartago, Costa Rica,
October 24, 2007, 900m, courtesy of Brian Fletcher.




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