Guadeloupe, Pointe de la Grande Vigie, 13-VII-82

Erinnyis obscura (Fabricius 1775)

Sphingidae Macroglossinae


The female moth has uniformly grey forewings, like Erinnyis ello.

Biology and distribution

Larva on papaya (Carica papaya, Caricaceae), and Asclepiadaceae.

Uncommon, in Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Marie-Galante, St-Martin (Pinchon), St-Bartholomew.
E. obscura is perhaps the species reported from Petit-Bourg by d'Aguilar under the name E. domingonis (see also E. oenotrus).

Throughout the Antilles.

From United States to Uruguay.


Similar species

Erinnyis ello (larger, abdomen with dark patches).
Erinnyis oenotrus female (larger).

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