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Species Perigonia lusca - Half-blind Sphinx - Hodges#7846

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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 Perigonia
Species lusca (Half-blind Sphinx - Hodges#7846)
Hodges Number
7846
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1777 by Johan Christian Fabricius as Sphinx lusca
Perigonia lusca
Explanation of Names
lusca is Latin for "one-eyed, half-blind"
Size
Wingspan 5.5-6.5 cm
Identification
Rather similar to Enyo lugubris. Note smooth edge to forewing margin. In North America, restricted to South Florida.
Range
South Florida into neotropics.
Habitat
Tropical forests and edges
Season
Throughout the year--several flights
Food
Adults likely take nectar
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on plants in the madder family (Rubiaceae), as well as the holly family (Aquifoliaceae).
Internet References
Genera insectorum, p.272    Fabricius' original description of the species