Xylophanes lamontagnei
zail-AH-fan-eesmm luh-MON-tayn-eye
Haxaire & Vaglia, 2007,

Xylophanes lamontagnei male, Rio Satipo, Junin, Peru,
courtesy of Mark Vincent.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: lamontagnei Haxaire & Vaglia, 2007


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Xylophanes lamontagnei moths (wingspan: males: 92mm - females: 109mm) fly in
Ecuador: Morona Santiago (VK); and
Peru: Junin; Pasco: Oxapampa (VK)

Xylophanes lamontagnei male, 92mm,
Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru, courtesy of Vadim Kroutov.

Mark Vincent writes, "This species is easily distinguished from X. ceratomioides by the cream coloured hindwing postmedian band which, unlike ceratomioides, is separated by dark lines along the veins into distinct lunules."



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

Xylophanes lamontagnei female, 109mm,
Morona Santiago, Ecuador, courtesy of Vadim Kroutov.


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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..."

"Xylophanes" sounds like it is from Greek mythology.

The species name, "lamontagnei" is honorific for La Montagne.

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