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Species Erinnyis alope - Alope Sphinx - Hodges#7832

Papaya Hornworm hours before pupating - Erinnyis alope Pupa - Erinnyis alope Alope Sphinx - Erinnyis alope Alope Sphinx - Erinnyis alope Alope Sphinx - Erinnyis alope large moth - Erinnyis alope Alope sphinx moth - Erinnyis alope My papaya trees got completely eaten by three of these guys  - Erinnyis alope
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Classification
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 Erinnyis
Species alope (Alope Sphinx - Hodges#7832)
Hodges Number
7832
Other Common Names
Papaya Hornworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erinnyis alope – (Drury, 1770)
Orig. Comb: Sphinx alope Dru Drury 1770
* 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).
Size
3 1/4 - 3 15/16 inches (7.8 - 10 cm) Wingspan
Identification
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)
Range
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)
Season
Continuous broods in south Florida
Food
Larvae feed on Jatropha, Carica papaya and Allamanda. (1)
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
larva; older larva; pre-pupal larva; pupa; adult
Remarks
Type Locality: Jamaica
Print References
Holland (1)
Drury, D. [1770]. Illustrations of Natural History of Exotic Insects, 1: 58, pl. 27, f. 1,
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
Butterflies and Moths of North America - life history and photos.
Moths of Southeastern Arizona - pinned adults photo.
Works Cited
1.The Moth Book
W. J. Holland. 1922. Doubleday, Page & Company.