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 CATE (description; Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador); March 18, 2011
Pachygonidia subhamata male, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.
This site has been created by
Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.
Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Pachygonidia Fletcher, 1982 ...........
Species: subhamata Walker, 1856
.....It's a Wonderful World.....
copyright C. Odenkirk
(wingspan: 62-75mm, males smaller than females), flies in
probably Colombia WO (no file yet),
and possibly other South American countries,
and north through Central America:
Costa Rica DJ,
Honduras: San Pedro Sula (CATE),
El Salvador WO,
to Mexico: Cordova (CATE), MBL, and
The forewing apex is sinuate between Rs3 and Rs4, not pointed as in Pachygonidia caliginosa. The
outer margin is concave between Rs4 and M2, and convex at M2 but not angulate.
There is a distinct grey-brown submarginal patch on M1-M2.
The hindwing upperside has two median transverse pinkish-buff bands, similar to those of Pachygonidia caliginosa and Pachygonidia mielkei.
The pink tint is usually diminished, being replaced by brownish shade. CATE
There are probably several flights
throughout the year. Horst Kach sent me this image of
Pachygonidia subhamata (bottom right) from Los Bancos,
Pichincha Province, Ecuador, along with three specimens of the very
rare Pachygonidia odile (one female top left), all captured
between November and April, 2003 and 2004.
Larvae probably pupate in thin walled cocoons
under leaf litter.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a
pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.
Pachygonidia subhamata female, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
host to pupate amongst leaf litter.
Larvae feed on Vitis tiliifolia
. Images courtesy of Dan Janzen.
Return to U. S. A. Table
Return to Sphingidae Index
Return to Dilophonotini Tribe
Use your browser "Back" button to return to the previous page.
This page is brought to you by
Bill Oehlke and the
WLSS. Pages are on space rented from Bizland. If you would like
to become a "Patron of the Sphingidae Site", contact Bill.
Please send sightings/images to Bill. I will do my best to respond to
requests for identification help.
Enjoy one of nature's wonderments: Live
Saturniidae (Giant Silkmoth) cocoons.
Show appreciation for this site by clicking on flashing butterfly to the left.
The link will take you to a page with links to many insect sites.