Alope Sphinx Moth
Erinnyis alope male courtesy of Dan Janzen.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Erinnyis Hubner,  ...........
Species: alope Drury, 1770
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The Alope Sphinx Moth, Erinnyis alope
(Wing span: 3 1/4 - 3 15/16 inches (8.2 - 10 cm)),
flies from northern Argentina and Uruguay north through
Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south
Florida, South Texas, southern New Mexico, and southern Arizona. This species has strayed to Arkansas and Kansas
and further north and east.
Jamaica is the specimen type locality.
The upperside of the forewing is dark brown with
short yellowish streaks on the forward half and wavy
yellowish bands on the rear half.
The upperside of the hindwing is
bright yellow with a wide dark brown border.
The body is streamlined and checkered.
Yasuni, Ecuador, September 7, 2002 - 2:06 AM, courtesy of Steve Graser.
Erinnyis alope broods continuously in the tropics and in south
Adults nectar at flowers and have been reported hovering over flowers of
Asystasia gangetica at dusk.
Adults eclose from pupae formed in loose cocoons spun among surface litter.
Erinnyis alope female courtesy of Dan Janzen.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Larvae feed on papaya (Carica papaya), nettlespurge (Jatropha),
and allamanda (Allamanda).
Erinnyis alope dark form courtesy of Dan Janzen.
Erinnyis alope dorsal view courtesy of Dan Janzen.
Erinnyis alope green form courtesy of Dan Janzen.
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