Updated as per CATE (Venezuela; Brazil); May 14, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Bedros Orchanian (Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico); January 27, 2015
Isognathus rimosa rimosa
Isognathus rimosa male courtesy of Dan Janzen.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Isognathus G. Felder & R. Felder, 1862 ...........
Species: rimosa Grote, 1865
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The Rimosus Sphinx, Isognathus rimosa
(Wing span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10.2 cm), females larger than males), flies in tropical climates from
Venezuela and Central America: Costa Rica; Belize, the West Indies,
and Mexico to southern Arizona. Cuba: Holguin, is the specimen type locality; Santiago de Cuba.
The upperside of female forewing is mostly gray brown on the front half and dark brown on the rear half while the
upperside of male forewing is yellow gray or gray brown. Both sexes have wavy dark markings. The upperside
of the hindwing of both sexes is yellow with an incomplete dark border on the outer margin.
Isognathus rimosa rimosa or?? Isognathus rimosa inclitus, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico,
courtesy of Bedros Orchanian.
There are several flights throughout the year in the tropics. This species appears in Arizona in August.
Moths emerge from pupae in thin-walled cocoons under leaf litter.
female courtesy of Dan Janzen.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of
the abdomen. Adults nectar at flowers, including petunia.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Females lay eggs on Frangipani (Plumeria species), including
Plumeria rubra Cuba, and Plumeria alba, Plumeria obtusa
and Plumeria rubra Puerto Rico.
Larvae pupate in cocoons spun amongst leaf litter.
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