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Species Aellopos fadus - Fadus Sphinx - Hodges#7850

Fadus Sphinx Moth Aellopos fadus - Aellopos fadus
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Macroglossinae
Tribe Dilophonotini
Genus Aellopos
Species fadus (Fadus Sphinx - Hodges#7850)
Hodges Number
7850
Size
WS-2 1/4 - 2 3/4 inches (6.4 - 7 cm)
Identification
Brown body with a wide white band across the abdomen. Exhibits two forewing spot bands and the post median spot band transverses wing from trailing to leading edge and has parallel double white spots. Lacks dark spot at end of forewing cell. Hindwing has a pale patch on the costa and one on the inner margin.
Range
Paraguay and Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to south Florida, South Texas, and Arkansas. Strays to Ohio and West Virginia.
Habitat
Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
Season
All year in the tropics; one brood from September-December in Texas, Arkansas, and Florida.
Food
Caterpillar- Plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae) including Genipa and Alibertia
Life Cycle
Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons spun in shallow underground burrows.