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Species Xylophanes pluto - Pluto Sphinx - Hodges#7887

Pluto Sphinx Larva - Xylophanes pluto Pluto Sphinx Larva - Xylophanes pluto Pluto Sphinx Pupa - Xylophanes pluto Pluto Sphinx Adult - Xylophanes pluto Horned Caterpillar on Firebush southeast Florida - in April - Xylophanes pluto Pluto Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (xylophanes pluto) - Xylophanes pluto Xylophanes pluto Caterpillar near Firebush in South Florida - Xylophanes pluto
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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 Macroglossini
Genus Xylophanes
Species pluto (Pluto Sphinx - Hodges#7887)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 53-65 mm
Brazil North through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies, Florida and South Texas.
Throughout the year in its subtropical range in the United States.
Adults take nectar from such flowers as Verbena.
Larvae feed on Milkberry (Chiococca species), Hamelia patens, and Erythroxylon species. Also Pentas (Alan Chin-Lee)
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
larva; larva; larva; pupa; adult
Print References
Covell, p. 43, plate 3 (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.