Adhemarius dentoni
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, October 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Hubert Mayer (Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru; July 22, 2004); August 9, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Hubert Mayer (male: Caranavi, Nor Yungas, Bolivia, January); May 31, 2014

Adhemarius dentoni
ad-heh-MAHRR-ee-usmm DEN-ton-eye
(B. P. Clark, 1916) Amplypterus

Adhemarius dentoni, courtesy of Jean Haxaire

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TAXONOMY:

Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Adhemarius, Oiticica, 1939
Species: dentoni, (B. P. Clark, 1916)

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DISTRIBUTION:

Adhemarius dentoni (forewing length=55 - 61mm) flies in
Ecuador;
Peru: Junin: Chanchamayo, Perene; (Pasco: Oxapampa (HM))and
Bolivia: Beni (1000m); Caranavi, Nor Yungas, La Paz (HM).

Adhemarius dentoni male courtesy of Hubert Mayer copyright.

The pronunciation of scientific names is troublesome for many. The "suggestion" at the top of the page is merely a suggestion. It is based on commonly accepted English pronunciation of Greek names and/or some fairly well accepted "rules" for latinized scientific names.

The suggested pronunciations, on this page and on other pages, are primarily put forward to assist those who hear with internal ears as they read.

There are many collectors from different countries whose intonations and accents would be different.

Some of the early describers/namers chose genus and species names indicating some character of the insect, but more often, they simply chose names from Greek or Roman mythology or history.

Those species names which end in "ensis" indicate a specimen locale, and those which end in "i", pronounced "eye", honour a contempory friend/collector/etc.

Josť Oiticica Filho (1906 - 1964), the French entomologist/photographer who assigned the genus name, Adhemarius, possibly chose the name from Adhemarus, the fifth and last of the old counts of Querci (Verdun, France) who died in 880 AD.

The species name, dentoni, would have been chosen by B. P. Clark to honour a colleague or collector whose last name is Denton.

Adhemarius dentoni male, Caranavi, Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia,
January 1990, courtesy of Hubert Mayer

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Adhemarius dentoni have at least two broods annually with peak flights in January-February and again in July-August.

Hubert mayer reports a July flight in Oxapampa, Peru.

Adhemarius dentoni males, Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru,
July 22, 2004, 2050m, courtesy copyright of Hubert Mayer.

Females are generally on the wing from 12:30-1:50am with males flying from 1:00-3:30am.

Adhemarius dentoni larvae probably feed on Persea species.

Adhemarius dentoni Peru, courtesy of Vladimir Izersky.

ECLOSION, SCENTING AND MATING:

Females extend a scent gland from the tip of the abdomen and dispel pheromones into the night sky.

EGGS, LARVAE AND PUPAE:

Larval Food Plants


Listed below are primary food plant(s) and alternate food plants. It is hoped that this alphabetical listing followed by the common name of the foodplant will prove useful. The list is not exhaustive. Experimenting with closely related foodplants is worthwhile.

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Adhemarius dentoni, Ecuador, courtesy of Charles J. DeRoller.
This above image is probably a subspecies of gannascus and will be further evaluated.

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