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Species Xylophanes falco - Falcon Sphinx - Hodges#7889

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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 falco (Falcon Sphinx - Hodges#7889)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylophanes falco (Walker)
Orig. Comb: Chaerocampa falco Walker 1856
wingspan 70-80 mm
Adult: forewing slender, pointed, with slightly hooked tip and falcate inner margin; upper half orangish-brown, bordered below by dark brown or blackish longitudinal band from base to apex; 3 or 4 dark lines run parallel to outer margin; hindwing pale yellowish at base, with dark median and subterminal bands
Larva: thorax brownish-gray with single large black "eye" having pale perimeter and center; abdomen dark gray to blackish, girdled by many bands of white dots; several large white spots or oblique strips along the side
se AZ to w. TX / Mex. to C. Amer. - Map (MPG)
oak woodlands and streamsides
May-Oct in US; all year in the tropics
larvae feed on Firecrackerbush (Bouvardia ternifolia [=glaberrima]) in the madder family (Rubiaceae)
adults take nectar from various herbaceous plants, including thistles
See Also
Xylophanes tersa (Linnaeus) - Range: e. US
Internet References
Silk Moths - Bill Oehlke