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Sphinx Moth

Xylophanes sp.


huge green moth


cloudforest, 2000m


This moth flew into my room at Otun Santuario Quimbaya. It was surprisingly calm and didn't fly around much.

3 species ID suggestions

Sphinx Moth
Xylophanes sp. BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser
Porcus Sphinx
Xylophanes porcus Xylophanes porcus
bayucca 5 years ago
Crotonis Sphinx
Xylophanes crotonis Xylophanes crotonis


bayucca 5 years ago

And I unfortunately have to close my Macbook for a lecture, need a restart and will hence loose all my screens. Depending on discussions, I will come back to step in ;-)...

Well, it seems that in a couple of species, the younger the moth, the greenier the color...There is also X. crotonis, and X. letirantis similar in color and shape...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

X. porcus looks too brown in my thoughts. I used the same website (Kirby Wolfe), and I think X. porcus is too brown and lacked the lines on the forewings.

It looks like Xylophanes porcus continentalis, I found the following link
and also

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

There are so many Xylophanes, I'm not sure we can get to a species, but you did say it was found at 2000m, so maybe altitude might help with this one...

Risaralda, Colombia

Lat: 4.87, Long: -75.69

Spotted on Apr 8, 2013
Submitted on Apr 8, 2013

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