Hyles perkinsi

Hyles perkinsi
HYE-leezmm PER-kihns-eye
(Swezey, 1920) Celerio
Perkin's Sphinx

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Hyles Hubner, [1819] ...........
Species: perkinsi (Swezey, 1920)


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The Perkin's Sphinx, Hyles perkinsi (Wing span: ) flies on the smaller islands but not on Hawaii's Big Island, where it is replaced by Hyles wilsoni.

Kitching and Cadiou have elevated this moth, formerly a subspecies of wilsoni to full species status.

"The forewing is greenish-grey, irrorated with white; the hindwing is pink with broad, black borders; and the abdomen is banded with white." K. & C.





Those who first published descriptions and assigned scientific names to many insects, simply chose names of biblical or mythological origin without any real descriptive qualities. Their purpose was simply to set a standard for purposes of identification by assigned name. On some occasions, names, mostly of Latin or Greek origin, were chosen to signify a particular character of the genus or of an individual species.

In Greek mythology, Hyles is one of the centaur warriors who fights against the lapiths.

The species name, "perkins", is honourific for Perkins.

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.

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