Updated as per personal communication with Eurides Furtado
Updated as per
AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, December 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Peter Bruce-Jones (madre Dios, Peru, 500m); February 2010
Updated as per CATE description, February 2010
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral (Bolivar, Venezuela); May 27, 2012; ongoing
Felder & Felder, 1862
Isognathus swainsonii male: 82 mm, December,
Reserva Vale da Solidão, 14o22’S 56o07’W, 450 m, Diamantino,
Mato Grosso, Brazil,
courtesy of Eurides Furtado.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Isognathus G. Felder & R. Felder, 1862 ...........
Species: swainsonii C. Felder, 1862
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(Wing span: male: 82mm; females: larger than males),
Peru: Madre de Dios, Cusco;
Brazil: Para (CATE); Mato Grosso; Rio de Janeiro; to
Bolivia: Santa cruz (750m), Lapaz; with Brazil given as
the specimen type locality.
Jean Haxaire records it in French Guiana: Kaw; and
Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral reports it in Venezuela: Bolivar.
Isognathus swainsonii, Madre Dios, Peru, 500m, courtesy of Peter Bruce-Jones.
This species is very similar to Isognathus leachii, but it is lighter in overall appearance whith more white scaling.
The basal streak is thinner in swainsonii than in leachii, but probably the most distinguishing character on the forewing is the melding of the
dark brown spot at the apex of the discal cell with the brown spot outside crossvein m2-m3 in swainsonii. In leachii there is a clear separation of
these two dark spots with a thin light space.
If the hindwing is visible, the dark marginal band of swainsonii tends to be uniformly wider and less regularly dentate along the veins as in leachii.
Isognathus swainsonii French Guiana, courtesy of
id by Jean-Marie Cadiou and Jean Haxaire.
There are probably several flights
throughout the year. The specimen depicted top of page was taken in December.
Moths emerge from pupae in thin-walled cocoons
under leaf litter within 8-24 days of pupation.
SCENTING AND MATING:
Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of
the abdomen. Adults nectar at flowers, including petunia.
EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:
Females probably lay eggs on leaves of Apocynacea. Plumeria acuminata
has been reported as a host.
long tails; colouration suggests they are unpalatable to birds.
The pupae are also quite colourful, and, I suspect,
are very lively. Moths generally emerge witin 8-24 days of pupation.
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