Hyles calida

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Hawaiian sphinx
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Hyles
Species:
H. calida
Binomial name
Hyles calida
(Butler, 1881)[1]
Synonyms
  • Deilephila calida Butler, 1881
  • Celerio calida
  • Hawaiina calida
  • Celerio calida hawaiiensis Rothschild & Jordan, 1915

Hyles calida, the Hawaiian sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. The species was first described by Arthur Gardiner Butler in 1881.[2] It is endemic to Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Hawaii.

The larvae feed on Acacia koa, Bobea elatior, Coprosma, Gardenia, Metrosideros, Pelea, Scaevola chamissoniana, Scaevola gaudichaudiana and Straussia. Adults feed on flowers of Lantana, Metrosideros and others.

Description[edit]

Larvae are about 60 mm long.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Hyles calida calida (Kauai, Oahu and Molokai)
  • Hyles calida calida hawaiiensis Rothschild and Jordan, 1915 (Hawaii)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-10-25.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Savela, Markku. "Hyles calida (Butler, 1881)". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved November 23, 2018.