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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Darceta Sphinx
Pachylia darceta  DRUCE, 1881
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SPHINGIDAE
subfamily - MACROGLOSSINAE
Tribe -
Pachylia darceta, Velo de la Novia, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 3 species in the genus Pachylia, all confined to the neotropical region.
Pachylia darceta is distributed from Panama to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in forested habitats at altitudes between about 200-1500m.
Lifecycle
The caterpillars of Pachylia species feed on Ficus or Artocarpus ( Moraceae ). They are described by d'Abrera ( Sphingidae Mundi, 1986 ) as being "variable in many colours, being blue, yellow, orange, green or grey-brown; 7 to 8 pairs of oblique lateral bands - but these running in the opposite direction to those on larvae of the subfamily Sphinginae".
Adult behaviour

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