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Protambulyx strigilis

Protambulyx strigilis

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Bombycoidea

Familia: Sphingidae
Subfamilia: Smerinthinae
Tribus: Ambulycini
Genus: Protambulyx
Species: Protambulyx strigilis


Protambulyx strigilis, the streaked sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae prevalent in the Americas from Florida to Central and South America. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1771.

Distribution

It is known from tropical and subtropical lowlands in Florida and throughout Central America and the West Indies south to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and Argentina.[2]
Description
The wingspan is 108–134 mm. Adults are on wing in March and from June to July in Florida, year round in Costa Rica, from April to August and October to December in Bolivia, April in Brazil and June in Peru.

Habitat and cycle

The larvae have been recorded feeding on Spondias dulcis, S. mombin, S. purpurea, S. cytherea, Astronium graveolens, Anacardium occidentale, Comocladia dodonea, C. dentata, Metopium toxiferum, Simarouba glauca, S. amara, Erythroxylum havanense, Eupatorium villosum, Lycopersicon species, Sambucus australis and Schinus terebinthifolius. Later instar larvae hide at the bases of leaves or near the base of the tree trunk when not feeding.
References

"CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Cate-sphingidae.org. Retrieved 2011-10-26.[permanent dead link]
"Protambulyx strigilis strigilis (Linnaeus, 1771)". Sphingidae of the Americas. July 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-26.

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