Xylophanes amadis goeldi

Xylophanes amadis goeldi
zail-AH-fan-eesmm AM-uh-dismm GELD-eye or
zye-LAH-fan-eesmm AM-uh-dismm GELD-eye
Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Xylophanes amadis goeldi, male: wingspan; 83 mm, February;
female: wingspan: 100 mm, September,
Reserva Vale da Solidão 14o22’S 56o07’W, 450 m, Mato Grosso, Brazil,
courtesy of Eurides Furtafo.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: amadis goeldi Rothschild & Jordan, 1903


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Xylophanes amadis goeldi moths fly in Brazil (specimen type locality).

Kitching and Cadiou 2000, equate this subspecies with Xylophanes amadis amadis

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.

Jean Marie Cadiou writes, "When I say "Xylophanes" in English I pronounce it something like "Zailophanees", with the emphasis on the "o". The French pronounce it differently, something like "Kzeelophaness" with no emphasis, and the Germans yet in a different way..."

In Greek myth, Phanes is the golden winged Primordial Being who was hatched from the shining Cosmic Egg that was the source of the universe. He personifies light emerging from chaos.

"Xylo" is the Greek word for wood.

The specimen type for the genus Xylophanes is Xylophanes anubus. Perhaps ? when Hubner examined that species, the yellow-orange and brown tones of the forewings suggested wings of wood.

The species name "amadis" means "love of God". The subspecies name "goeldi" would be to honour a contemporary/collector or friend named Goeld.


Xylophanes amadis goeldi adults fly in February and September and possibly at other times.


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


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen. Males come in to lights very readily, but females are seldom taken in that way.


Larvae probably feed on plants in the Rubiaceae family and Malvaceae families.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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