Xylophanes irrorata

XYLOPHANES IRRORATA

Xylophanes irrorata male, Cuba, courtesy of Tomas Melichar.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: irrorata Grote, 1865

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DISTRIBUTION:

Xylophanes irrorata moths fly in Cuba (specimen type locality).

FLIGHT TIMES:

Xylophanes irrorata adults probably brood continuously.


Xylophanes irrorata by John Vriesi.

ECLOSION:

Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.

Xylophanes irrorata male, Cuba, courtesy of Tomas Melichar.

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 Psychotria panamensis and Psychotria nervosa and other members of the of the Rubiaceae family and on Pavonia guanacastensis of the Malvaceae family.

Moths emerge approximately one-two months after larvae pupate.

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