Sphinginae

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Sphinginae
Acherontia lachesis MHNT Female Nîlgîri (Tamil Nadu) Dorsal.jpg
The greater death's head hawkmoth (Acherontia lachesis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Latreille, 1802
Type species
Sphinx ligustri
Tribes
  • Acherontiini
  • Sphingini
and see text
Diversity
About 40 genera,
over 200 species
Synonyms
  • Manducinae Tutt, 1902
  • Semapnohorae Rothschild & Jordan

The Sphinginae are a subfamily of the hawkmoths (Sphingidae), moths of the order Lepidoptera. The subfamily was first described by Pierre André Latreille in 1802. Notable taxa include the pink-spotted hawkmoth (Agrius cingulata), being a very common and recognizable species, the death's-head hawkmoths (Acherontia species) of Silence of the Lambs fame, and Xanthopan morganii with its enormous proboscis.

Systematics[edit]

References[edit]