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Genus Amphion

Nessus Sphinx--1st instar larva - Amphion floridensis Amphion floridensis Moth 3072 - Amphion floridensis Hummingbird moth? - Amphion floridensis Moth? - Amphion floridensis caterpillar 3 - Amphion floridensis Nessus Sphinx Moth? - Amphion floridensis Found on a milkwood flower - Amphion floridensis
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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 Macroglossini
Genus Amphion
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Amphion Hübner 1819.
Explanation of Names
Amphion is a mythological name. Quoting Wikipedia--Amphion and Zethus:
Amphion and Zethus (also Zethos), in ancient Greek mythology, were the twin sons of Zeus by Antiope. They are important characters in one of the two founding myths of the city of Thebes, because they constructed the city's walls.... Amphion became a great singer and musician after Hermes taught him to play and gave him a golden lyre.
Amphion is usually portrayed with a lyre--perhaps there is a connection to the appearance of the moth--the forewings do have a curve similar to the curved arms of a lyre. Note that Zethus is a genus of wasps.
Arnett and Nearctica (1) list only 1 species, A. nessus = A. floridensis (2). A monotypic genus.