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Species Aellopos titan - Titan Sphinx - Hodges#7849

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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 titan (Titan Sphinx - Hodges#7849)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
White-banded Day Sphinx
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aellopos titan (Cramer, 1777)
First described in 1777 by Pieter Cramer as Sphinx titan
Aellopos titan
Wingspan: 55 - 65 mm
Established in Florida Keys and deep southern U.S.(1) Strays north to Maine and North Dakota.
Caterpillars: Plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae), including Randia, seven-year apple, and pond apple.(1)
Life Cycle
Several broods throughout the year in the Florida Keys, one brood from June-October elsewhere. Caterpillars pupate in loose cocoons within shallow underground burrows.
See Also
Aellopos fadus - very uncommon to southeast U.S. - can be separated from titan by lack of distinctive dark spot at end of cell on forewing. (2)
Clavipes Sphinx - Range: sw US, but mostly TX
Tantalus Sphinx - Range: mostly FL
Print References
Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 153; pl. 5.2.(3)