Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
Protambulyx carteri male courtesy of Paul Opler.
This site has been created by
Bill Oehlke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Protambulyx Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 ...........
Species: carteri Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
.....It's a Wonderful World.....
copyright C. Odenkirk
Carter's sphinx, Protambulyx carteri
(Wing span: 3 3/4 - 4 5/16 inches (9.5 - 11 cm)), flies in tropical and subtropical lowlands from
Tropical America north through the West Indies to central Florida.
The specimen type locality is Nassau, Bahamas.
The forewing is indented at the inner margin and the upperside is yellow to orangish brown with faint markings and
no dark submarginal line. The upperside of the hindwing is yellow to orange with no markings. The underside is
unmarked with no submarginal line, and has a darker outer margin.
This moth has been equated with P. strigilis,
James P. Tuttle, 2007, based on rearing results. Both, the more common
"carteri" form and the less common "strigilis" form have developed
from eggs from "carteri" form.
Protambulyx carteri adults fly throughout the year in south Florida and the tropics.
Adults nectar from flowers, including jasmine and Asystasia gangetica beginning at dusk.
Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Larvae feed on plants in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae),
including Brazilian pepper. Larvae have also been seen on Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum).
Moths may eclose within fourteen days of pupation.
Return to U. S. A. Table
Return to Main Sphingidae Index
Return to Smerinthini Tribe