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Species Eumorpha satellitia - Satellite Sphinx - Hodges#7858

Eumorpha satellita - Eumorpha satellitia Satellite Sphinx  - Eumorpha satellitia Satellite Sphinx - Eumorpha satellitia Pandorus sphinx larvae? - Eumorpha satellitia Satellite Sphynx - Eumorpha satellitia Eumorpha satellitia Moth - Eumorpha satellitia
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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 Eumorpha
Species satellitia (Satellite Sphinx - Hodges#7858)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eumorpha satellitia (Linnaeus, 1771)
* phylogenetic sequence #228550
specific epithet misspelled "satellita" on numerous web sites
described in 1771 by Linnaeus, who originally placed it in genus Sphinx
Explanation of Names
satellitia is Latin for "escort, convoy; guard, protection". What it has to do with this species isn't given in the original description.
Wingspan 115-134 mm (4 1/2 - 5 1/4 inches)
Adult: forewing light brown with blackish rectangular patch midway along inner margin, and dark triangular patches near apex, midway along costa, and at anal angle; hindwing mostly dark with diffuse yellowish shading at base, and small pale patch at anal angle
Brazil and northern Argentina, north to southern Texas and Arizona
adults fly from mid-June to mid-November in southern Texas
larvae feed on treebine (Cissus spp.) in the grape family (Vitaceae)
adults take nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants
See Also
Typhon Sphinx (Eumorpha typhon) forewing has pale veins, and hindwing has pink or reddish shading at base
Pandorus Sphinx (E. pandorus) forewing is greenish and often has pinkish markings
Print References
Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21: p. 123; pl. 11.18.(1)
Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 167; pl. 1.4, 9, 14.8.(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
images of adults, larvae, and pupa by various photographers, plus foodplants and other info (Bill Oehlke,
pinned adult image by Vernon Brou, plus common name reference, description, biology, flight season, larval and adult food, distribution and range map (
live adult image from Santa Ana, Texas (Dave Czaplak)
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Mantissa Plantarum altera, p. 539    Linnaeus' original description of the species (in Latin)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico Fascicle 21 Sphingidae
Ronald W. Hodges. 1971. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.The Hawk Moths of North America, A Natural History Study of the Sphingidae of the United States and Canada.
James P Tuttle. 2007. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation Inc.