Xylophanes rufescens, Coviriali, Junin, Peru,
November 19, 2007, 662m, courtesy of Vladimir Izersky, id by Jean Haxaire.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner  ...........
Species: rufescens Rothschild, 1894
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Xylophanes rufescens moths
(wingspan: mm) fly in Guyana (specimen type locality) and Venezuela.
It is also taken in northwestern Brazil and eastern Peru.
Xylophanes rufescens is a large-eyed, rusty-brown species. It has a buff ground colour
with scattered black and rust-brown marks.
Xylophanes rufescens courtesy of John Vriesi.
Xylophanes rufescens adults probably
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
plants of the Rubiaceae and Malvaceae families.
Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.
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