Giant Sphinx Moth (Cocytius antaeus)
The giant sphinx moth is a member of the family of hawk moths. British entomologist Dru Drury first described this species in 1773.
Description and Identification
They are large, with a horn on their rear end.
After the larvae mature, they begin to pupate.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are a blurry yellowish-gray. When the wings are closed, the colors are still observable.
Hindwing: When the wings are opened, they are dark gray with a yellow base. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain the same.
Average wingspan: 12.6-17.8 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: Not recorded
Females lay their eggs on the custard apple plant.
|Distribution||Florida and the tropical part of America south to Brazil and Peru. Also, sometimes in South Texas.|
|Habitat||Tropical and subtropical lowlands|
|Lifespan of Adults||10-30 days|
|Host Plants||Custard apple|
|Adult Diet||Flower nectar|
Did You Know
- This moth was once believed to be the only insect with a long enough proboscis capable of pollinating the rare ghost orchid.