Cocytius cluentius from Rancho Grande,
H. Pittier National Park, Venezuela
courtesy of Paolo Mazzei.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Smerinthinae, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Cocytius Hubner, 1819 ...........
Species: cluentius Cramer 1775
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(Wing span: 115 - 148 mm, males much smaller than females)], flies in the "West Indies",
the specimen type locality, and from Mexico to Argentina; Antilles. The proboscis is over nine inches long.
Cocytius cluentius adults probably nectar at flowers and fly in
at least two broods in Costa Rica, with moths on the wing January-February and again in July-August.
This moth comes in to lights much less frequently than other Cocytius species, but both sexes appear.
Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.
Cocytius cluentius female from Costa Rica,
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Colourful larvae feed on Guatteria diospyroides and probably other members of the
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