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Royal Sphinx Moth

Syssphinx gomezi

Description:

This Sphinx was breathtaking to find and is a first for me, although it has been reported from Chiapas in 2017 at a much lower and more tropical elevation. About 3 cm in body length. The larva is also very beautiful and can be seen in the first reference. The Royal Moths are in the subfamily Ceratocampinae of the family Sphingidae.

Habitat:

Found under a light at night, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters

Notes:

Many thanks to Ryan St. Laurent of the University of Florida who has re-identified this moth as Syssphinx gomezi, writing: "This is S. gomezi, not S. albolineata. S. gomezi is known from farther south in Mexico (like this one), actually specimens of the type series were from San Cristóbal de las Casas. S. gomezi can also be recognized by the brighter yellow coloration." The only pictures I can find of it as S. gomezi are on Bold Systems: http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxb.... Many of the bright yellow specimens listed as S. albolineata are probably S. gomezi, including those from the references below. https://bugguide.net/node/view/631457 http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/kwsalbo... http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed... https://www.naturalista.mx/observations/... https://www.naturalista.mx/taxa/81589-Sy... http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed... http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxb... https://www.naturalista.mx/observations/... https://bugguide.net/node/view/859510

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2 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a week ago

Very regal! Great, informative notes Lauren.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a week ago

Breathtaking, indeed. What a spectacular moth. Excellent spotting, Lauren, and excellent notes too. You've put a lot of time and effort into this spotting, and it's appreciated.

LaurenZarate
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LaurenZarate

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Jun 5, 2019
Submitted on Jun 7, 2019

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