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Species Phryxus caicus - Caicus Sphinx - Hodges#7840

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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 Phryxus
Species caicus (Caicus Sphinx - Hodges#7840)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phryxus caicus (Cramer, 1777)
Sphinx caicus Cramer, 1777
Dilophonota caicus Godman & Salvin, 1881,
Anceryx caicus Walker, 1856
The only Phryxus species found in America north of Mexico.
Wingspan 70-83 mm.
Brown forewing with a tan band along the inner margin and a thin tan streak in the middle of the wing. The hindwing is red-orange with short black bands along the veins at the outer margin. The abdomen has distinct black and tan bands.
Southern Arizona and southern Florida.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection dates.
Several flights per year with adults found year round.
In Florida larvae have been reported on Mangrove rubber vine (Rhabdadenia biflora)
Print References
Hodges, R.W., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 103; pl. 10.1. (1)
Kitching, I.J. & J.M. Cadiou, 2000. Hawkmoths of the World; An Annotated and Illustrated Revisionary Checklist (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae). Cornell University Press. (2)
Tuttle, J.P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 140; pl. 5.10. (3)
Internet References
De uitlandische Kapellen, v.2, p.42    Pieter Kramer's original description of the species (in Dutch and French). 2 pages before, on Plate CXXV/125, fig.F,