Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erinnyis ello (Linnaeus, 1758)
Sphinx ello Linnaeus
Horn reduced to a low point, arising from an elevated angular hump.
In the last instar, the horn is reduced to a nub.
Eyespot over the third thoracic segment is hidden in the resting caterpillar.
Ornately banded thoracic and prolegs.
Length to 7cm.
Erinnyis ello caterpillars come in a seemingly endless variety.
The pupa, seemingly aposematic, is shiny black with orange bands and lines. (2)
Southern Florida and southern Texas. (2)
Strays north to Canada. (1)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some collection locations and dates.
Central and South America, including the Galapagos Islands
Hammocks, orchards and yards. (2)
Breeds year-round in southern Florida and south Texas.(2)
Strays north during August and October.(3)
Recorded feeding on members of the following plant families: Caricaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Myrtaceae, Sapotaceae.
Usually pupates above ground in the leaf litter (2)
This is quite the commonest of all the hawkmoths of the American tropics, and becomes a perfect drug in collections made by amateur naturalists, who venture into those regions, net in hand. (1)
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group
Comstock, J.A. & C.M. Dammers 1938. Studies on the metamorphoses of six California moths. Southern California Academy of Scirnces
37(3). p. 105
, pl. 31-33.
Hodges, R.W., 1971. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 99; pl. 9.6-7. (4)
Holland, W.J., 1922. The Moth Book
. Doubleday, Page & Company. p. 58. (1)
Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 135; pl. 4.9-10.(5)
- species page by Bill Oehlke.
Systema Naturae, 10th ed., v.1, p.491
Linnaeus' original description of the species (in Latin)