Perigonia stulta
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 CATE (Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil); February 18, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Ezequiel Bustos (Dpto. General José de San Martín, Río Caraparí, Salta, Argentina, May 1980, 700 m); July 5, 2017

Perigonia stulta
per-ih-GON-ee-uhMSTULL-tuh
Herrich-Schaffer, ]1854]


Perigonia stulta male courtesy of Dan Janzen.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Perigonia Herrich-Schaffer, ]1854] ...........
Species: stulta Herrich-Schaffer, [1854]

DISTRIBUTION:

Perigonia stulta (wingspan: 50 - 55 mm) moths fly in Tropical America:
Costa Rica;
Panama;
Guatemala (JM);
Ecuador;
Peru;
Venezuela;
Bolivia: La Paz, Cochabamba; Mapiri, San Augustin; etc.;
Argentina Salta (EB);
Brazil.

Crenulations of forewing outer margin are variable in degree of development. Forewing upperside lacking a distinct grey-brown or pale brown lunate patch on the outer margin. Forewing underside submarginal line distinct at least from the apex to M2, bordered with grey distally. CATE

The genus name "Perigonia" POSSIBLY was chosen to reflect the bud like tufts of hairs near the tip of the abdomen.

"Stulta" means stupid or foolish, an unusual choice for a species name!

The pronunciation of scientific names is troublesome for many. The "suggestion" at the top of the page is merely a suggestion. It is based on commonly accepted English pronunciation of Greek names and/or some fairly well accepted "rules" for latinized scientific names.

The suggested pronunciations, on this page and on other pages, are primarily put forward to assist those who hear with internal ears as they read.

There are many collectors from different countries whose intonations and accents would be different.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Perigonia stulta has been taken in Costa Rica in all months except March.

Perigonia stulta male, courtesy of Hubert Mayer copyright.

ECLOSION:


Perigonia stulta female courtesy of Dan Janzen.

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

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