Xylophanes ferotinus
Updated as per More, Kitching and Cocucci's Hawkmoths of Argentina 2005, October, 2007
Updated as per CATE, December 2, 2008

Xylophanes ferotinus
Gehlen, 1930

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: ferotinus Gehlen, 1930


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Xylophanes ferotinus moths fly in southeastern Brazil (specimen type locality).

"Male similar to Xylophanes tersa tersa but differs in the olive-green ground colour and a median band on the hindwing upperside consisting of small, brown spots. Hindwing slightly broader and apically more rounded than in Xylophanes tersa tersa. 31 mm.

"Upperside of antenna scaled dark grey, becoming paler distally (white in Xylophanes tersa tersa). Tegula without a median stripe. Outer spur of midtibia only slightly longer than the inner. Tarsal segments shorter than in Xylophanes tersa tersa.

"Forewing upperside as Xylophanes tersa tersa but ground colour olive green rather than pale brown. Hindwing upperside as in Xylophanes tersa tersa but median band spots smaller, as long as wide (generally longer than wide in Xylophanes tersa tersa) and brown (not pale yellow).

The male is "known only from the holotype male. There is a specimen of Xylophanes tersa tersa in the BMNH from an unknown locality that approaches Xylophanes ferotinus in the hindwing pattern, suggesting that the latter may be no more than an aberration of the former." CATE.


Xylophanes ferotinus adults probably brood continuously.


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 Psychotria panamensis and Psychotria nervosa of the Rubiaceae family and on Pavonia guanacastensis of the Malvaceae family.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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