Hyles tithymali

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Hyles tithymali
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Hyles
Species: H. livornica
Binomial name
Hyles tithymali
(Boisduval, 1834)[1]
  • Deilephila tithymali Boisduval, 1834
  • Deilephila calverleyi Grote, 1865
  • Hyles cretica
  • Celerio deserticola saharae Günther, 1939
  • Celerio euphorbiae albeola Stauder, 1913
  • Celerio euphorbiae cingulata Stauder, 1913
  • Celerio euphorbiae extensa Closs, 1917
  • Celerio euphorbiae reverdini Stauder, 1913
  • Celerio euphorbiae rosea Closs, 1917
  • Celerio euphorbiae satanella Stauder, 1913
  • Celerio euphorbiae velutina Stauder, 1913
  • Celerio mauretanica dealbata Schultz, 1911
  • Celerio mauretanica flaveola Oberthür, 1904
  • Deilephila tithymali deserticola Staudinger, 1901

Hyles tithymali is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is found in North Africa, the Canary Islands, Madeira, some islands in the Mediterranean Sea and in the mountains in Yemen. The length of the forewings is 45–85 mm. The larvae feed on Euphorbia.

It is thought that Hyles tithymali had a much larger range in Europe, but has been pushed further south after the cooling ca. 3600 years ago. Its place has been taken over by Hyles euphorbiae, which is more resistant to the cold. Because of this, many isolated populations exist today, many of which have developed to distinct subspecies.


The following subspecies are recognised:

  • H. t. tithymali (Boisduval, 1834) (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura islands)
  • H. t. mauretanica (Staudinger, 1871) (North Africa)
  • H. t. deserticola (Staudinger, 1901) (North Africa)
  • H. t. gecki (de Freina, 1991) (Madeira island)
  • H. t. phaelipae Gil-T. & Gil-Uceda, 2007 (El Hierro and La Palma islands)
  • H. t. himyarensis Meerman, 1988 (Yemen)
  • H. t. cretica (Eitschberger, Danner & Surholt, 1998) (Creta island)
  • H. t. gallaeci Gil-T., Requejo & Estévez, 2011 (NW. Iberian Peninsula, Galicia Region, Spain))

- The taxon sammuti [=H. t. sammuti (Eitschberger, Danner & Surholt, 1998)] according to molecular studies is a hybrid from H. euphorbiae x H. tithymali.

- Hyles tithymali cretica is regarded, according to authors, as a full species or as a hybrid from H. euphorbiae x H. tithymali.

- The taxonomic final status of the taxon gallaeci Gil-T., Requejo & Estévez, 2011 (larvae very similar to other taxa of the tithymali group) is awaiting a study molecular (not only of its mitochondrial DNA, but also of its nuclear DNA).


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-10-25. [permanent dead link]

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