Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis
Updated as per personal communication with Jean Haxaire, (La Vega, Dominican Republic); March 13, 2017

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis
(Walker, 1856) Oenosanda

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Cautethia Grote, 1865 ...........
Species: noctuiformis noctuiformis (Walker 1856)


Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis, [wingspan: 1 1/8 - 1 9/16 inches (2.8 - 4 cm)], flies in Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto-Rico, St-Thomas, Dominican Republic, St-Martin and St-Bartholomew, and, for the first time, in the Lesser Antilles.

The population from the Lesser Antilles belongs to a new subspecies.

Braesia hipparsus Grote & Robinson, 1868, [Cuba], is the same as Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis.

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis, La Vega, Dominican Republic,
courtesy of Jean Haxaire.


Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis adults nectar at flowers.


Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterrqnean chambers just prior to eclosion.


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.


Larvae feed on Chiococca alba in Puerto Rico and Exostema in Cuba.

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