Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Monzon (Guatemala); May 2009
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, December 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Rodrigo Torres Nunez (67mm, Cundinamarca, Colombia, December 16, 2010); May 22, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral (Barinas; Merida, Venezuela) May 28, 2012; ongoing
Updated as per personal communication with Cameron Prybol (San Luis, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, June 26, 2012): June 26, 2012

Nyceryx tacita

Nyceryx tacita male, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Nyceryx Boisduval, [1875] ...........
Species: tacita Druce, 1888

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DISTRIBUTION:

Nyceryx tacita (approx. wingspan: 67mm) flies from
Mexico;
Guatemala (JM);
and Costa Rica: Puntarenas: San Luis (CP); probably throughout CR; and
Panama, the specimen type locality; to
Colombia: Cundinamarca (RTN);
Venezuela: (Barinas; Merida, Venezuela (JRAC));
Bolivia.

Nyceryx tacita, Cundinamarca, Colombia,
67mm, December 16, 2010, courtesy of Rodrigo Torres Nunez, id by Bill Oehlke.

Nyceryx tacita (verso), Cundinamarca, Colombia,
67mm, December 16, 2010, courtesy of Rodrigo Torres Nunez, id by Bill Oehlke.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Moths are probably on the wing in just about every month. No records for January or March in Costa Rica. Rodrigo Torrez Nunez reports a December 16, 2010, flight in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Nyceryx tacita, San Luis, Puntarenas, Costa Rica,
June 26, 2012, courtesy of Cameron Prybol, id by Bill Oehlke.

Nyceryx tacita (verso), San Luis, Puntarenas, Costa Rica,
June 26, 2012, courtesy of Cameron Prybol, id by Bill Oehlke.

ECLOSION:

Adults eclose, usually within three to five weeks from pupation date.

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

Nyceryx tacita female, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae feed on Pentagonia donnell-smithii, and Chimarrhis parviflora.

Late instar larvae take on more colouration. The head region becomes quite distinctive.

Dan Janzen images.

Pupa is smooth and shiny with some creases around the thorax.

Moths eclose from pupae within three to five weeks for July-August flights.

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