Xylophanes rhodocera

XYLOPHANES RHODOCERA


Xylophanes rhodocera courtesy of John Vriesi.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Xylophanes Hubner [1819] ...........
Species: rhodocera Walker, 1856

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DISTRIBUTION:

Xylophanes rhodocera moths (wingspan: mm) fly in Haiti (specimen type locality) and the Dominican Republic.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Xylophanes rhodocera adults probably brood continuously.

ECLOSION:

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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