Orecta comus
Updated as per "A Hawk Moths fauna of southern Maranhão state, Brazil, ... "; NEVA: Jahrgang 34 Heft 3 November 2013; via Jean Haxaire; April 5, 2014

Orecta comus
C. G. C. Mielke & Haxaire, 2013

Orecta comus HT male, Feira Nova do Maranhao, Retiro, Maranhao, Brazil,
December 26, 2011, 480m, courtesy of C. G. C. Mielke, via Jean Haxaire.

Orecta comus HT male (verso), Feira Nova do Maranhao, Retiro, Maranhao, Brazil,
December 26, 2011, 480m, courtesy of Carlos Mielke, via Jean Haxaire.

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TAXONOMY:

Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Orecta, Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
Species: comus, C. G. C. Mielke & Haxaire, 2013

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DISTRIBUTION:

Orecta comus (wingspan: males: 75-85mm; females: 104-107mm // forewing length: males: 34-41mm; females: 49-51mm) flies in
Brazil: southern Maranhao; at elevations near 480-500m.

FLIGHT TIMES AND PREFERRED FOOD PLANTS:

Orecta comus adults are on the wing in southern Maranhao in October-November-December. There are possibly additional flight months.

Both males and females respond to lights, but usually for a short period just after dusk.

Orecta comus larvae possibly feed upon plants in the Lauraceae family.

ECLOSION, SCENTING AND MATING:

Orecta comus PT female, Feira Nova do Maranhao, Retiro, Maranhao, Brazil,
December 10, 2011, 480m, courtesy of C. G. C. Mielke, via Jean Haxaire.

Orecta comus PT female (verso), Feira Nova do Maranhao, Retiro, Maranhao, Brazil,
December 10, 2011, 480m, courtesy of C. G. C. Mielke, via Jean Haxaire.

EGGS, LARVAE AND PUPAE:

Larval Food Plants


Listed below are anticipated primary food plant(s) and alternate food plants.It is hoped that this alphabetical listing followed by the common name of the foodplant will prove useful. The list is not exhaustive. Experimenting with closely related foodplants is worthwhile.

Lauraceae .......

Lauraceae

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