Oryba kadeni
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 Andres Urbas (near Kaw Mountains, French Guiana, April 8, 2011); April 19, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Gregory Nielsen (Colombia: Meta, Km 13 via Acacias, Villavicencio; 040355.0 N 0734187.0 W; 500m, December 29, 2015) January 6, 2016

Oryba kadeni
oh-REE-buhmm KAY-den-eye
(Schaufuss, 1870) Pachylia

Oryba kadeni 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: Oryba Walker, 1856 ...........
Species: kadeni Schaufuss, 1870

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DISTRIBUTION:

Oryba kadeni, (wingspan: 102-116 mm, females larger than males), flies in "South America".

It has been reported in Guatemala (JM);
Costa Rica;
Panama; to
Colombia: Meta;
Brazil: Para;
Bolivia: La Paz, Santa Cruz;
Ecuador;
Peru : Ucayali (VI);
Venezuela: Amazonas, Anzoategui, Aragua, Bolivar, Carabobo, Miranda, Zulia; and
French Guiana: Kaw.

It may fly as far north as Belize: Cayo, Toledo (JM). I suspect it also flies in Guyana, Suriname and (Colombia, confirmed by Gregory Nielsen).

This species is taken at elevations from sea level to 1100m in Venezuela.

Oryba kadeni, near Kaw Mountains, French Guiana,
April 8, 2011, courtesy of Andres Urbas.

In Greek mythology "Oryba" is one of the twelve cities which Alexander has taken from the Arabians.

The species name is in honour of Kaden who may have had a specimen in his collection.

Oryba kadeni, Rio Sapani, Ucayali, Peru,
October 29 2008, 350m, courtesy of Vladimir Izersky.

FLIGHT TIMES:

There are probably several flights throughout the year. Andres Urbas reports an April 8, 2011, flight in Kaw Mountains, French Guiana.

Gregory Nielsen reports a late December flight in Colombia.

Oryba kadeni, Villavicencia, Meta, Colombia,
December 29, 2015, 500m, courtesy of Gregory Nielsen

Oryba kadeni, Villavicencia, Meta, Colombia,
December 29, 2015, 500m, courtesy of Gregory Nielsen

ECLOSION:

Larvae probably pupate in thin walled cocoons under leaf litter.

Oryba kadeni, courtesy of Hubert Mayer copyright.

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

Oryba kadeni female, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae are reported on Isertia laevis. Mature larvae probably descend host to pupate amongst leaf litter.

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