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Species Enyo ocypete - Hodges#7852

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 Enyo
Species ocypete (Enyo ocypete - Hodges#7852)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Enyo ocypete (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original Combination:
Sphinx ocypete Linnaeus, 1758
Sphinx camertus Cramer, 1779
Explanation of Names
From Greek okypetes (ωκυπετης)- "swift-flying"
Wingspan: 60 mm (1)
Southern United States into neotropics.
Suggested by Heppner as a species straying into, but not breeding in, Florida. Tuttle (2007) mentions specimens from the Florida Keys and the possibility that they might be breeding there.
Adults are on wing year round in the tropics, southern Florida and Louisiana. They are on wing from August to November in the northern part of the range. (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae probably feed on Vitis tiliifolia and other Vitaceae and Dilleniaceae species, such as Vitis, Cissus rhombifolia and Ampelopsis, Tetracera volubilis, Curatella americana, Tetracera hydrophila and Doliocarpus multiflorus. Ludwigia of the Onagraceae family might also be a host plant. (1)
This species is not listed in Covell. (2)
See Also
7851 Enyo lugubris females lack the wide dark band at the base of the abdomen found in ocypete. Males lack the white patch along the inner margin of the hindwing. (See Bill Oehlke's species page for Enyo ocypete.) Hodges (1971) (3) mentions that the dark labial palpi of ocypete will separate it from lugubris.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (4)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (5)
Wikipedia - description & image (1)
Systema naturae, 10th ed., p.489    Linnaeus' original description of the species (in Latin)
Works Cited
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems