Aellopos ceculus

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Aellopos ceculus
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Aellopos ceculus, adult
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Aellopos
Species: A. ceculus
Binomial name
Aellopos ceculus
(Cramer, 1777)[1]
  • Sphinx ceculus Cramer, 1777
  • Macroglossum fasciatum Swainson, 1823
  • Sesia gehleni Closs, 1922

Aellopos ceculus is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It lives mainly in the northern section of South America but has known to be found as far north as Mexico.

The wingspan is 42–47 mm.[2] It can be distinguished from all other Aellopos species by the yellow median band found on the hindwing upperside.

Adults are on wing year round in Costa Rica. There are probably three main generations, with adults on wing from December to January, April to May and in September.[2]

The larvae feed on various Rubiaceae species.


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Silkmoths". Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2011-10-19.