Protambulyx goeldii
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, October 2007
Updated as per Fauna Entomologica De Nicarauga, November 2007
Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per CATE (Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana, Brazil: Para); February 11, 2011
Updated as per BOLD (Costa Rica, French Guiana, Peru, Brazil); February 2011
Updated as per Heteroceres de Guyane Francaise (Kaw); February 11, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Marķa Esperanza Chacin (Venezuela); February 11, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Andres Urbas (Camp Caiman near Kaw, French Guiana, April 1, 7, 2011); May 9, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Gernot Kunz (Costa Rica); March 20, 2017

Protambulyx goeldii
Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Protambulyx goeldii, Camp Caiman near Kaw, French Guiana,
April 7, 2011, courtesy of Andres Urbas.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 1802
Tribe: Smerinthini, Grote & Robinson, 1865
Genus: Protambulyx Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 ...........
Species: goeldii goeldii Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

DISTRIBUTION:

Protambulyx goeldii (Wing span: males: 98mm; females: 112mm), flies in
Brazil: Para;
Colombia;
Venezuela;
Guyana;
French Guiana: Kaw;
Ecuador;
Peru: probably throughout eastern Peru; and
Bolivia: Santa Cruz (April), La Paz (750m).

In Central America Protambulyx goeldi flies in
southern Nicaragua: Zelaya, Rio San Juan; and
Costa Rica: Heredia, Lemon, San Jose; and it
probably flies in Panama.

Protambulyx goeldii, Nicaragua, Olivier Digoit.

"P. astygonus is very similar in external appearance to P. goeldii. However, the two species can easily be distinguished by the presence of a prominent dark spot at the apex of the forewing discal cell in P. goeldii that is missing in P. astygonus."

The hindwing upperside of goeldii has a straighter distal edge and a less curved antemedian line. The median line is absent, and the submarginal line less dentate, compared to astygonus.

P. goeldii also has a more elongated, dark basal patch, emanating from the inner margin, compared to similar species.

Protambulyx goeldii, Camp Caiman near Kaw, French Guiana,
April 1, 2011, courtesy of Andres Urbas.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Protambulyx goeldii adults probably fly throughout the year. In Bolivia it has been recorded in April and October. In French Guiana near Kaw, Andres Urbas reports an April 1, 7, 2011, flight. It has also been recorded in French Guiana in February and November.

Adults nectar from flowers.

ECLOSION:

Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.

Protambulyx goeldii, Costa Rica, June 4, 2008, courtesy of Gernot Kunz.

Protambulyx goeldii, Boca Tapada, Alejuela, Costa Rica,
June 7, 2013, 957m, courtesy of Gernot Kunz.

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae feed on ??

Moths may eclose within fourteen days of pupation.

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Protambulyx goeldii.