Updated as per CATE (Brazil, Guyana, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela), May 12, 2011
Updated as per French Guiana Systematics: Sphingidae, May 12, 2011
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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Isognathus excelsior is distinguished from all other species of Isognathus by the pure white underside to the abdomen. CATE
There also seems to be an extensive suffusion of whitish scales in the upper two-thirds of the post median, subterminal and terminal areas of the forewings.
Isognathus excelsior male, Para, Brazil,
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Isognathus excelsior, Benjamin Constant, Brasil, courtesy of Frederik Goussey.
Larvae have long tails; colouration suggests they are unpalatable to birds.
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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