Updated as per The Hawk Moths of the North America, 2007, James P. Tuttle (Sphinx to Lintneria); April 2009
Updated as per CATE; April 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Hubert Mayer (northern Peru); August 9, 2011
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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In his The Hawk Moths of North America, 2007, James P. Tuttle has assigned all the Sphinx genus species from Mexico south throughout South American to Lintneria, Butler, 1876, based on consistent differences in wing characters and significant larval differences.
Sphinx porioni male, Peru, courtesy of Hubert Mayer.
"2 yellow spots at the tip of the tegulae, similar, but smaller than, those of Lintneria aurigutta.
"Forewing upperside dark grey, with conspicuous, strongly contrasting white markings; 2 diagnostic white streaks, parallel to the veins, between veins M1 and M2, and M2 and M3; a thin, white submarginal line parallel and very close to the outer margin also characteristic; a white subbasal patch and white chevron distal to it along the hind margin apparently unique within the genus." CATE
Lintneria porioni male, northern Peru,
courtesy/copyright of Hubert Mayer.
Please visit my special request for images of Lintneria species larvae at Lintneria larvae, and help if you can. It is anticipated that the Lintneria larvae will most often be encountered on Lamiaceae: Salvia (Sage), Mentha (Mints), Monarda (Beebalm) and Hyptis (Bushmints); Verbenaceae: Verbena and Lantana camara (shrub verbenas or lantanas).
Although they may be encountered feeding during daylight hours, one is even more likely to discover them feeding in the evening or after dark.
Two of the greatest clues for discovering larvae are stripped foliage and droppings beneath the plant. You might be quite surprised at what will turn up in the evening or after dark in a flashlight assisted search.
It is believed that all "Lintneria larvae will exhibit "a fleshy thoracic dorsal "horn" in the first 4 instars (unique in the Sphingidae of the world to my knowledge) which is replaced by a thoracic dorsal "hump" with a large black patch in the 5th instar." J.A. Tuttle.
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