Updated as per personal communication with Carlot Didier
Updated as per personal communication with Frederik Goussey
Updated as per More, Kitching and Cocucci's Hawkmoths of Argentina 2005, December 2009
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, December 2009
Updated as per CATE (Venezuela: Suapure); February 6, 2011
Updated as per French Guiana Systematics: Sphingidae; May 12, 2011
Updated as per "A Hawk Moths fauna of southern Maranhão state, Brazil, ... "; NEVA: Jahrgang 34 Heft 3 November 2013; via Jean Haxaire; April 5, 2014
Updated as per personal communication with Gregory Nielsen, Meta, Colombia; August 7, 2014
Updated as per personal communication with Ezequiel Bustos (Shilap revta. lepid. 43 (172) diciembre, 2015, 615-631 eISSN 2340-4078 ISSN 0300-5267), January 4, 2016
Updated as per personal communication with Peter Waniek (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; February 20, 2016); February 20, 2016
Isognathus caricae male, Pote, Minas Gerais, Brazil,
November 11, 2004, courtesy of Frederik Goussey.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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Peter Waniek confirms it from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the beautiful image below.
Isognathus caricae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
February 20, 2016, courtesy of Peter Waniek, id by Bill Oehlke.
This is the only Isognathus species that has the dark marginal band of the hindwing upperside being replaced by a series of black streaks along the veins. CATE The forewing has two orangey-brown patches connected below the cell mark, and a smaller basal patch along the inner margin. Otherwise forewings are dark grey. The orangey markings are especially prominent in the fresh image supplied by Peter Waniek.
Many thanks to Greg Nielsen who supplies the beautiful image below, confirming a presence in Colombia.
Isognathus caricae, Colombia, Dept. Meta, Km 13 via Acacias, Villavicencio,
04°03’55.0 N 073°41’87.0 W at 500m, photo G. Nielsen VIII-7-2014
Isognathus caricae male, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Females probably lay eggs on leaves of Apocynacea. Himatanthus obovatus, Allamanda cathartica and Allamanda schottii have been reported as a host.
Larvae have long tails; colouration suggests they are unpalatable to birds.
Dark prepupal Isognathus caricae larva, French Guiana,
courtesy of Antoine Guyonnet
Isognathus caricae moth from larva above, St. Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana,
courtesy of Antoine Guyonnet
The pupae are also quite colourful, and, I suspect, are very lively. Moths generaly emerge witin 8-24 days of pupation.
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Isognathus caricae, Bahia, Brazil, courtesy of Matthew Harvey,
id by Bill Oehlke, confirmed by Jean Haxaire.