Eumorpha satellitia licaon
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, October 2007
Updated as per http://www.pybio.org/SPHINGINAE.htm (Paraguay), October 2007
Updated as per http://biological-diversity.info/sphingidae.htm (Belize), November 2007
Updated as per Fauna Entomologica De Nicarauga, November 2007
Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per CATE (Paramba, Imbabura, Ecuador); February 5, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Brian Fletcher (Sorzoranga, Loja, January 30, 2014, 1600m); March 10, 2014
Updated as per personal communication with Brian Fletcher (Urraca Lodge, Jorupe Reserve, Loja, Ecuador, 500m); March 13, 2014

Eumorpha satellitia licaon
(Cramer, 1776) Sphinx

Eumorpha satellitia licaon, Sorzoranga, Loja, Ecuador,
January 30, 2014, 1600m, courtesy of Brian Fletcher, id by Bill Oehlke.

Eumorpha satellitia licaon, Urraca Lodge, Jorupe Reserve, Loja, Ecuador,
January 30, 2014, 500m, courtesy of Brian Fletcher, id by Bill Oehlke.

Eumorpha satellitia licaon, Urraca Lodge, Jorupe, near Macara, Loja, Ecuador,
January 30, 2014, 500m, courtesy of Brian Fletcher, id by Bill Oehlke.

I (Bill Oehlke) am not sure where the range separations are for Eumorpha satellitia subspecies, and the above species might be nominate satellitia.

This site has been created by Bill Oehlke at oehlkew@islandtelecom.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.

TAXONOMY:

Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Philampelini, Burmeister
Genus: Eumorpha, Hubner, [1807]
Species: satellitia excessus, (Cramer, 1776)

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DISTRIBUTION:

Eumorpha satellitia licaon flies from
extreme southern Texas and
Mexico;
Nicaragua: Madriz, Matagalpa, Boaco, Chinandega, Leon, Managua, Masaya, Granada, Rivas, Chontales, Rio San Juan;
Costa Rica: Guancaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limon;
south to
Ecuador: Imbabura: Paramba; Loja
Brazil;
Bolivia: Santa Cruz, La Paz (700-1000m);
Paraguay: Alto Paraguay, Boqueron, Presidente Hayes, Concepcion, Canindeyu, Cordillera, Guaira, Caaguazu, Alto Parana, Paraguari, Caazapa.

Mike Quinn provides this larval image from extreme southern Texas.

Eumorpha satellitia licaon, October 24, 2005,
Hidalgo County, Texas, courtesy of Mike Quinn.

Based on information from James P. Tuttles new book, The Hawk Moths of North America, the larva depicted above is more likely the nominate satellitia, with subspecies licaon a stray from western Mexico into southeastern Arizona.

Eumorpha satellitia licaon by John Vriesi

Eumorpha satellitia licaon is somewhat variable in ground colour, but it is generally greyer than Eumorpha satellitia satellitia and never as green as Eumorpha pandorus. The hindwing upperside inner margin is marked with a few red scales. CATE

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Eumorpha satellitia licaon adults are on the wing from
Eumorpha satellitia licaon larvae feed upon .

ECLOSION, SCENTING AND MATING:

Pupae wiggle to surface just prior to eclosion. Females call at night, and males fly into the wind to pick up and track the pheromone plume.

EGGS, LARVAE AND PUPAE:

Jim tuttle writes, "In Eumorpha satellitia the white panels are completely enclosed in black whereas in E. vitis the ends of the black panels remain open. Also, satellitia has a faint subdorsal longitudinal stripe that touches the top of the white panels that is lacking in vitis."

I suspect there is also a green form.

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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Eumorpha satellitia licaon male, Paramba, Imbabura, Ecuador,
CATE, on my home computer only.