Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Jean Haxaire
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Monzon (Guatemala); May 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral (Bolivar, Venezuela) May 28, 2012; ongoing

Kloneus babayaga
Skinner, 1923

Kloneus babayaga, male, Costa Rica, courtesy of Dan Janzen.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Dilophonotini, Burmeister, 1878
Genus: Kloneus Skinner, 1923 ...........
Species: babayaga Skinner, 1923


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Kloneus babayaga flies in Nicaragua, the specimen type locality, and probably from Mexico to Costa Rica. It is also reported from northern Venezuela: (Merida (JRAC)).

Jose Monzon confirms it from Guatemala: Izabal department, 900-1200 meters altitude, mainly in October.

Kloneus babayaga courtesy of Jean Haxaire.


Moths are probably on the wing in just about every month.


Adults eclose, usually within three weeks, from pupae formed in flimsy cocoons spun amongst leaf litter.

Kloneus babayaga courtesy of Jean Haxaire.


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.

Kloneus babayaga, female, Guatemala, courtersy of Jose Monzon.


Larval hosts are unknown. and spin a very flimsy cocoon amongst leaf litter.

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