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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
Xylophanes falco moths (Wing span: 2 3/4 - 3 1/8 inches (7 - 8 cm)) fly in oak woodland, and along streamsides from Honduras and Guatemala north through Mexico to southern Arizona and west Texas.
Xylophanes falco, Arizona, courtesy of Bruce Walsh.
Guatemala is the specimen type locality.
The upperside of the forewing is orange-brown along the forward half, striped with dark brown and light brown along the rear half, with dark brown bands separating the two. The upperside of the hindwing is pale brown with dark brown marginal and submarginal lines.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Larvae feed on Bouvardia glaberrima in the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Terry Doyle sent me the image to the right from Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas. Image by William Lindemann.
The images below are courtesy of Bruce Walsh, Arizona.
There is a single large eye on the thorax and six white circles down the side. There are extensive bands of white dots girdling the abdomen.
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