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Species Aellopos fadus - Fadus Sphinx - Hodges#7850

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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
Explanation of Names
Aellopos fadus (Cramer, 1776)
WS-2 1/4 - 2 3/4 inches (6.4 - 7 cm)
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.
s. TX, s. FL with a few scattered strays much further north / Mex to S. Amer. / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
Tropical and subtropical lowlands.
All year in the tropics; one brood from September-December in Texas, Arkansas, and Florida.
Caterpillar- Plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae) including Genipa and Alibertia
Life Cycle
Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons spun in shallow underground burrows.
See Also
Titan Sphinx - Range: e. NA - has distinctive dark spot at end of cell on forewing that is lacking fadus (1)
Clavipes Sphinx - Range: sw US, but mostly FL
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.