Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erinnyis alope – (Drury, 1770)
Orig. Comb: Sphinx alope Dru Drury
* phylogenetic sequence #227875
Explanation of Names
Perhaps from Greek Alope (Αλοπη), a town mentioned in the Iliad among the places ruled by Achilles (Illiad 2, line 682).
3 1/4 - 3 15/16 inches (7.8 - 10 cm) Wingspan
The caterpillar is brown on the upper side, and pale green on the lower side, the colors being separated by the dark brown interrupted lateral band on either side of the body. On the third segment from the head there is a dark spot relieved by a red ring in the center. The anal horn is quite short. (1)
Scattered records from AZ-TX, FL. Strays to KS, AR. - BAMONA
The insect occurs in southern Florida and ranges southward as far as northern Argentina.(1)
Continuous broods in south Florida
Life cycle images:
larva; older larva; pre-pupal larva; pupa; adult
Drury, D. . Illustrations of Natural History of Exotic Insects, 1: 58, pl. 27, f. 1,
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, photos of living and pinned adults.