Guadeloupe, Saint-Protais, Grands Fonds, 30-XII-84


Guadeloupe, Petit-Bourg, Hauteurs Lézarde, 21-V-85

Cocytius antaeus (Drury 1773)

ssp. antaeus (Drury 1773)

Sphingidae Sphinginae


Cocytius jatrophae Fabricius, Cocytius henrici Pinchon

Pinchon's description corresponds to specimens with yellow colour extending on body and base of the forewings. It is an extreme morph of C. antaeus (Chalumeau F. and Duranel G., 1986. Nouv. Rev. Entomol. (N.S.) 3:372).

Detail of the hindwings

Cocytius antaeus : Yellow patch undivided, transparent area extended.
Cocytius duponchel : Yellow patch deeply divided, transparent area smaller, male with very large claspers.

Biology and distribution

Larva on Annonaceae (Annona spp.).

Uncommon in Martinique (Pinchon, d'Aguilar, Delplanque, Ryckewaert) and Guadeloupe.
Marie-Galante (Pinchon).

Greater Antilles.

From southern United States to Brazil (C. a. medor Cramer).


Similar species

Cocytius duponchel (3 pairs of yellow patches on the abdomen)
Neococytius cluentius (5 pairs of yellow patches on the abdomen)

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