Xylophanes lolita
Zootaxa 1923: 1836 (2008)

Xylophanes lolita
zail-AH-fan-eesMloh-LEE-tuh or
zye-LAH-fan-eesM loh-LEE-tuh
Vaglia & Haxaire, 2008

Xylophanes lolita male, Peru,
Zootaxa 1923: 1836 (2008)


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


Xylophanes lolita (forewing length: male 28mm) fly in
Brazil: Minas Gerais: Pote.

"It is very similar to Xylophanes loelia but is immediately distinguishable by its larger size, wing shape, and constant genital differences." Wiki. The species name "lolita" is honourific for a woman whose name is Lolita.


This species flies in October-November. There may be additional flight months.

Xylophanes lolita male (verso), Peru,
Zootaxa 1923: 1836 (2008)




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.

This site has been created by Bill Oehlke. Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.

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