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Amphonyx lucifer

Description:

A piece of tree bark??? Amazing camouflage and huge...fully a 6 inch wingspan on this moth...

Notes:

Thank you...yes, bayucca, I agree...

2 Species ID Suggestions

Rustic Sphinx
Manduca rustica
bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago
Amphonyx lucifer Amphonyx lucifer lucifer


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4 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

I am pretty sure it is not Manduca rustica. I think it might be Amphonyx lucifer, formerly called Cocytius lucifer. But I am not 100% sure, you have to verify. If you look at the pictures in the links you can again see the great variability. Yours seems to be quite a fresh one with excellent markings, whereas some of the specimens are old and worn and colors partly washed out. And there is also a difference in coloring between females and males.
http://www.guianensis.fr/images/sphingid...
http://www.lepbarcoding.org/sphingidae/s...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36494393@N0...
http://www.guianensis.fr/images/imagos/S...
And here would be Manduca rustica:
http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/mrustru...

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Sphingidae sp. commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms, includes about 1,200 species. It is best represented in the tropics but there are species in every region

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Look like a hawk moth

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

What an amazing sphinx moth!

MatthewKritzer
Spotted by
MatthewKritzer

Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Sep 19, 2011
Submitted on Sep 19, 2011

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