Xylophanes furtadoi

Xylophanes furtadoi
Haxaire, 2009

Xylophanes furtadoi male: wingspan: 78 mm, June,
Rio Candeias, Rond˘nia, Brazil, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: furtadoi Haxaire, 2009

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DISTRIBUTION:

Xylophanes furtadoi (forewing length = 78 mm) flies in
Brazil: Rondonia (specimen type locality).

While I (Bill Oehlke) was doing some research on various Xylophanes species, I noticed that the image above, sent to me as Xylophanes obscurus by Eurides Furtado, was not such a good match for the CATE description and images of X. obscurus. I alerted Eurides Furtado, Jean Haxaire and probably Ian Kitching. Jean subsequently named and published (The European Entomologist, Vol. 2, No. 1{2}) a description of the new species Xylophanes furtadoi. I do not know if they were aware of the discrepancy before I alerted them or not.

Xylophanes furtadoi verso, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Xylophanes furtadoi adults probably fly as at least three broods with a definite flights in June and October.

ECLOSION:

Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean 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.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

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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