Xylophanes ploetzi

Xylophanes ploetzi
(Möschler, 1876)

Xylophanes ploetzi male, La Vuelta, Caura R., Venezuela, CATE,
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: ploetzi Moschler, 1876


Xylophanes ploetzi flies in
Suriname (specimen type locality) and
Guyana and in
Venezuela: La Vuelta.

"Similar to Xylophanes depuiseti and Xylophanes adalia. Abdomen with a thin median dorsal line (a double row of faint dots in Xylophanes depuiseti). Underside of body and wings yellowish green (golden-yellow in Xylophanes adalia). Lines of forewing as distinct as in Xylophanes adalia, apart from the oblique apical one. No black patch present between M2 and M3, unlike Xylophanes adalia. Stigma white, not black as in Xylophanes depuiseti. Fringe with white dots restricted to posterior part of wing between M3 and 1A + 2A, like Xylophanes depuiseti, not throughout wing as in Xylophanes adalia. Underside of wings without russet-ferruginous scaling." CATE

Xylophanes ploetzi female, Rio Demerera, Guyana,
via Creative Commons, Ian Kitching.


Xylophanes ploetzi adults probably fly as multiple broods.


Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers 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.


Larvae probably feed on plants of the Rubiaceae family and of the Malvaceae family.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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