Xylophanes rhodocera
Updated as per John Vriesi webpage
Updated as per personal communication with Ian Kitching, (St. Dom., Dominican Republic); March 13, 2017
Updated as per personal communication with Jean Haxaire, (La Vega, Dominican Republic); March 13, 2017

Xylophanes rhodocera
Walker, 1856

Xylophanes rhodocera courtesy of John Vriesi.

Xylophanes rhodocera, la Vega, Dominican Republic,
courtesy of Jean Haxaire

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: rhodocera Walker, 1856


Xylophanes rhodocera moths (wingspan: mm) fly in Haiti (specimen type locality) and the Dominican Republic.


Xylophanes rhodocera adults probably brood continuously.


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

Xylophanes rhodocera male (verso), St. Dom., Dominican Republic,
courtesy of Ian Kitching, through Creative Commons.


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 and Malvaceae families.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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