Xylophanes rhodotus
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, October 2007

Xylophanes rhodotus
Rothschild, 1904

Xylophanes rhodotus courtesy of John Vriesi.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: rhodotus Rothschild, 1904

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DISTRIBUTION:

Xylophanes rhodotus moths fly in
Peru (specimen type locality): Amazonas; Pasco: Oxapampa; and
Bolivia: Cochabamba: Chapare, Yunga del Espíritu Santo.

Xylophanes rhodutus male, Abra Patricia Lodge, Amazonas, Peru,
November 3 2008, 2100m, courtesy of Bob Curry.

"Intermediate between Xylophanes eumedon and Xylophanes titana.

"Tegula with a golden medial line (as in Xylophanes titana). Dorsal lines of upperside of abdomen similar to those of Xylophanes eumedon but pale lines broader and less well defined, divided medially by an indistinct, thin olive-green line that become broader and more distinct towards the abdomen base; black basal and yellow lateral abdominal patches less developed than in Xylophanes eumedon.

"Pattern of forewing upperside as in Xylophanes titana but much darker, so that the only conspicuous pale area is the space between the third and fourth postmedian lines; discal spot larger than in Xylophanes eumedon and Xylophanes titana.

"Very similar to Xylophanes titana but paler.

"Hindwing upperside with pale yellow spots of median band sharply defined and distinct (as in Xylophanes aristor)." CATE

Xylophanes rhodotus, Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru, June, 2004,
2000m, courtesy of Hubert Mayer.

Xylophanes rhodotus, Oxapampa, Pasco, Peru, June, 2004,
2300m, courtesy of Hubert Mayer.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Xylophanes rhodotus adults fly in June and probably in other months.

ECLOSION:

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

SCENTING AND MATING:

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.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae probably feed on members of the Rubiaceae or Malvaceae families.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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