Upd Updated as per personal communication with Jim Sogaard, April 19, 2010
"I just visited your sphingids site and noticed that while you correctly list Orecta venedictoffae for Ecuador where it was originally encountered, you failed to list it for Costa Rica. That photo (courtesy of Dan Janzen) was taken by yours truly at Estacion Pitilla in Guanacaste Conservation Area of NW Costa Rica about 1998 or so (I have the exact year and approximate date, if you wish). I found it hanging in vegetation along a trail during the day, far from any lights. I did not recognize it for what it was, but lowered it to the ground and photographed it, which photo startled Dan when it came before his eyes months later. I believe this was/is only the second "scientific" record (and a good ways from Ecuador). Also, to my knowledge, it has not been seen again since. There is no Costa Rica voucher specimen, only this photo. I have heard that the area of Ecuador where it was found is (like Guanacaste) also reasonably well sampled, so it is apparently either very rare and/or impervious to lights.
"No one was more surprised by any of this than me!"
Superfamily: Sphingoidea, Dyar, 1902
I would also expect it to be in Panama and Colombia in suitable habitat.
Orecta venedictoffae larval hosts are unknown.
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