Madoryx plutonius

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Madoryx plutonius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Madoryx
Species: M. plutonius
Binomial name
Madoryx plutonius
(Hubner, 1819)[1]
Synonyms
  • Sphinx pluto Cramer, 1779
  • Madoryx deborrei Boisduval, 1875
  • Hemeroplanes plutonius Hübner, 1819

Madoryx plutonius is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is known from Surinam, Venezuela, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Guatemala. It is probably also present in Panama, Colombia and Guyana.[2] Subspecies dentatus is found in Mexico and Belize.

The wingspan is 92–120 mm. It differs from all other Madoryx species in the acute forewing apex. There is a minute, circular, upper silver spot and an elongate, triangular lower silver spot on the forewing upperside.

Adults are on wing year round.

The larvae have been recorded feeding on Conostegia xalapensis and found feeding on Yemeri (Vochysia hondurensis) in Belize. Pupation takes place in a loose cocoon of yellow silk and leaves. The pupa is dark chocolate brown.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Madoryx plutonius plutonius
  • Madoryx plutonius dentatus Gehlen, 1931 (Mexico and Belize)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Archived from the original on 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Silkmoths". Silkmoths.bizland.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-19.