Updated as per http://www.pybio.org/SPHINGINAE.htm (Paraguay), October 2007
Updated as per More, Kitching and Cocucci's Hawkmoths of Argentina 2005, October, 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Ezequiel Bustos (Shilap revta. lepid. 43 (172) diciembre, 2015, 615-631 eISSN 2340-4078 ISSN 0300-5267), January 4, 2016
Rothschild & Jordan, 1906
Xylophanes fosteri courtesy of John Vriesi.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner  ...........
Species: fosteri Rothschild & Jordan, 1906
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Xylophanes fosteri moths
[wingspan mm, females larger than males]
Paraguay, (specimen type locality):
Cordillera, Caaguazu, Canindeyu, Alto Parana, Paraguari, Guaira,
Caazapa (probably Itapua (WO??));
probably Argentina: Misiones; confirmed by Ezequiel Bustos.
Xylophanes fosteri probably broods continuously.
Pupae probably wiggle to surface from
subterrqnean chambers just prior to eclosion.
SCENTING AND MATING:
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.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
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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