Updated as per http://biological-diversity.info/sphingidae.htm (Belize), November 2007
Updated as per Fauna Entomologica De Nicarauga, November 2007
Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per The Hawk Moths of the North America, 2007, James P. Tuttle (Sphinx to Lintneria); April 2009
Lintneria geminus, Nicaragua, MAES J.M.
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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Ian Kitching reports that L. istar, separatus, geminus, lugens and L. pseudostigmatica have all been confirmed from Michoacan, Mexico.
The upperside of the forewing is gray with wavy black and light gray bands and two small gray spots near the center of the costa. The upperside of the hindwing is black with two wavy white bands.
Sphinx geminus, Mexico, courtesy of Manuel Balcazar-Lara.
Until very recently (Tuttle: The Hawk Moths of North America, 2007), this moth was classified as Sphinx geminus. Tuttle also questions the accuracy of the few reports of strays into Texas.p>
Please visit my special request for images of Lintneria species larvae at Lintneria larvae, and help if you can. It is anticipated that the Lintneria larvae will most often be encountered on Lamiaceae: Salvia (Sage), Mentha (Mints), Monarda (Beebalm) and Hyptis (Bushmints); Verbenaceae: Verbena and Lantana camara (shrub verbenas or lantanas).
Although they may be encountered feeding during daylight hours, one is even more likely to discover them feeding in the evening or after dark.
Two of the greatest clues for discovering larvae are stripped foliage and droppings beneath the plant. You might be quite surprised at what will turn up in the evening or after dark in a flashlight assisted search.
It is believed that all "Lintneria larvae will exhibit "a fleshy thoracic dorsal "horn" in the first 4 instars (unique in the Sphingidae of the world to my knowledge) which is replaced by a thoracic dorsal "hump" with a large black patch in the 5th instar." J.A. Tuttle.
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