Xylophanes sarae courtesy of John Vriesi.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner  ...........
Species: sarae Haixaire, 1989
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Xylophanes sarae moths
(wingspan: 78mm) fly in Venezuela (specimen type locality).
Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral writes, "I have here, in my collection X. sarae from Sierra de Lema, Bolivar State, 1090 meters above the sea level.
September 4-5-6 in 1994, with a wing expansion of 78mm."
Xylophanes sarae adults probably brood continuously.
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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