Xylophanes huloti
Updated as per http://sphingidae.myspecies.info/taxonomy/term/5698; March 16, 2017

Xylophanes huloti
zail-AH-fan-eesM HUE-lot-eye
Haxaire, 2003

Xylophanes huloti male, Morona Santiago, Ecuador,
courtesy of Jean Haxaire as per Creative Commons,
Updated as per http://sphingidae.myspecies.info/taxonomy/term/5698

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: beneluzi Haxaire & Vaglia, 2008


Xylophanes huloti [wingspan 75mm] flies in
Ecuador: Morona Santiago Rte. Gualaceo-Limon PK.53.; Napo: Rte Cosanga to Tena; and

This species is very close to the allied species, Xylophanes rhodochlora (Rothschild et Jordan, 1903).


Xylophanes huloti adults probably have at least two flights annually.


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

Xylophanes huloti male, Napo, Ecuador,
courtesy of Jean Haxaire as per Creative Commons,
Updated as per http://sphingidae.myspecies.info/taxonomy/term/5698


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.


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 "huloti" is honourific for a man named Hulot.

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