Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Originally described in 1773 by Dru Drury
as Sphinx antaeus
Explanation of Names
Probably named after Antaeus- Greek Antaios (Ανταιος)- a giant in Greek mythology.
In our area resident mostly in Florida, rare in southern Texas, with adults straying from Mexico into southern Arizona and California, and very rarely turning up as far away as Chicago. Found throughout the tropical parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Year-round in the tropics
Larvae feed on Annona glabra, the Custard Apple, and have been reported on other species of Annona in the tropics
Illustrations of Natural History By Dru Drury (Plate 25, fig.1)
Original description of the species (The illustration described is a few pages back, and the scientific name is given in an index at the end of the book) Google Books