Xylophanes rhodina

Xylophanes rhodina
Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Xylophanees rhodina male, costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: rhodina Rothschild & Jordan, 1903


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Xylophanes rhodinaflies in Panama (specimen type locality) and Costa Rica: San Jose.

Similar to Xylophanes godmani but outer margin of forewing entire and almost straight, apex less falcate, tornus less pronounced. MaleAbdomen with a scattering of long, pinkish-grey scales and a triple dorsal line. Forewing upperside orange-brown with darker brown markings; discal spot mall, black, with a dark brown cloud distal to it that stretches longitudinally across the wing from the costa to the submarginal line; basalmost postmedian line straight, strong from costa to M1, where it merges with the longitudinal band; other postmedian lines faint.

Basal half of forewing underside and marginal band uniform pale brown, between which the postmedian area is pale orange strongly suffused with red and covered in a variable degree of dark brown spotting; pattern of longitudinal band and postmedian lines of upperside replicated below. Median band narrow, orange, edged in dark brown with outer edging twice as broad as inner. General coloration as forewing underside, only postmedian band conspicuous. CATE

Xylophanes rhodina male, San Jose, Costa Rica,
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Xylophanes rhodina adults probably brood continuously.


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 Psychotria panamensis and Psychotria nervosa of the Rubiaceae family and on Pavonia guanacastensis of the Malvaceae family.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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