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very cool! looks like a stealthy fighter jet! Awesome Spotting!
This is not Xylophanes hydrata, see comments below...
This is 2000 m over the sea level
I found this specie in "San Sebastian de la castellana"
Actually I can't remember
No i didnt
@Bayucca: What about Xylophanes mirabilis? http://www.flickr.com/photos/grandma-shi....This seems to be the only Xylophanes species I have seen that appears to have the deep green coloring, especially the markings on the bottom of the forewing.
I believe you are correct with X. aristor, though I do not understand how so many of these are incorrectly IDed. @123sebastian.velez: Did you notice orange on the forewing underside?
I agree: Looking at the link, it should be Hydrata. But the ID is wrong. I know Leif, but this ID is not correct. So, if we have this ID we would also have Leif's ;-)... For Sphingidae, the "only" reliable resource is Bill Oehlke, which has IDed this Hydrata. He is the real master of Sphinx!http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/xhydrat...Take a look at this interesting discussion on a spot on flickr. I started with X. cosmius, changed in X. amadis and ended up with X. docilis which was confirmed by Bill Oehlke.http://www.flickr.com/photos/76033499@N0...Since then I am quite careful with this Xylophanes sp. in South America. But I am still thinking this one would be X. aristor...http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/xaristo...
Notice as well how the double stripe meets near the head to form a white angle.
@Bayucca: This must be a variation. Observe this Xylophanes hydrata:http://www.globaltwitcher.com/artspec.as...There is a clear double stripe in the back.
I apologize, but it is not Hydrata: Look at the body part: In Sebastian's there is a double stripe at the back, in Hydrata not.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylophanes_...This link more accurately describes the range, which extends from Brazil, westward to Bolivia and Peru.
@Bayucca: I think this is the Resplendent Sphinx Moth, Xylophanes hydrata:http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/And...This looks very similar to 123sebastian.velez's spotting.Beautiful spotting, by the way!
Sorry, I probably can't get closer than the genus. There are too many green ones around in Colombia: Crotonis, Letiranti, Leolia, Rhodochlora etc.My closest suggestion would be Xylophanes aristor:http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/xrhodoc...
Lat: 6.12, Long: -75.41
Spotted on Apr 7, 2012 Submitted on Apr 8, 2012
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