Updated as per
AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, December 2009
Updated as per CATE (description; Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina); February 19, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral (Barinas; Merida, Venezuela) May 28, 2012; ongoing
R. Felder, 1874
magna, male, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Nyceryx Boisduval,  ...........
Species: magna R. Felder, 1874
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Brazil, the specimen type locality; Rio Madeira below San Antonio; Amazonas: Teffe; and in
Venezuela: (Barinas; Merida, Venezuela (JRAC));
Immediately distinguishable from other species of Nyceryx by the dark forewing upperside, and the brownish-orange basal area and pale purple bands
in the tornal angle of the hindwing upperside.
Antenna very pale buff.
Basal area of hindwing upperside brownish orange (similar to Nyceryx lunaris), anteriorly with a brownish-black spot that is contiguous with the costal
border (corresponding to the basalmost of the three spots in Nyceryx ericea); bands in the tornal area pale purple. CATE
Moths are probably on the wing in just
about every month.
Adults eclose, usually within 23-32 days.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a
pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.
magna, female, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Larvae feed on
Early instar larvae have very large heads and elongated tails.
The head is a distinctive blue-green in the final instar and the tail is
shorter and rough.
The pupa is smooth and shiny with alternating
light and dark bands on the abdomen. Moths generally eclose within 23-32 days of pupation.
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