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

Nyceryx nictitans

Nyceryx nictitans nictitans, Peru, courtesy of Vladimir Izersky.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Nyceryx Boisduval, [1875] ...........
Species: nictitans nictitans Boisduval, [1875]

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DISTRIBUTION:

Nyceryx nictitans nictitans flies from
Brazil, the specimen type locality, to Argentina: Misiones.

Immediately distinguished by the hindwing upperside, which has an orange base, a dark brown marginal band of even width as far as CuA2 and the lack of semitransparent spots.

Underside of abdomen with two thin, black, but distinct lines, occasionally with a third line in the middle.

Forewing upperside with a minute discal spot that has a single white dot on its proximal side.

Hindwing upperside with basal area deep orange, with traces of transverse brown lines, a brown discal spot and a clearly defined outer edge; tornal area blackish-brown, shaded with grey. CATE

Nyceryx nictitans male, CATE,
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FLIGHT TIMES:

Moths are probably on the wing in just about every month.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose, usually within three weeks.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae feed on Aspidosperma macrocarpa

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