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 French Guiana Systematics: Sphingidae; May 12, 2011
Updated as per CATE (Venezuela, Bolivia, western Argentina, Brazil; description); 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 Ezequiel Bustos (Shilap revta. lepid. 43 (172) diciembre, 2015, 615-631 eISSN 2340-4078 ISSN 0300-5267), January 4, 2016
Isognathus menechus pair, Mato Grosso, Brazil, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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Possibly there are populations in Colombia WO??
The body and forewings have a bluish-grey cast. The forewings have double antemedian and double postmedian lines, which are distinct at tthe costal margin. The pm pair is interrupted at M3, then reappear posteriorly, forming a semicircle opening towards the anal angle. An elongate black patch between M3 and CuA1 merges basally with the postmedian lines. The distal white vein-streaks are usually conspicuous.
Larvae have long tails; colouration suggests they are unpalatable to birds.
The pupae are also quite colourful, and, I suspect, are very lively. Moths generally emerge within 8-24 days of pupation.
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