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Caterpillars of the World - Peru
Banded Sphinx
Eumorpha fasciatus  SULZER, 1776
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SPHINGIDAE
subfamily - MACROGLOSSINAE
Tribe -

Eumorpha fasciatus, Rio Pindayo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The family Sphingidae comprises 200 genera and about 1200 known species worldwide. There are about 20 species in the genus Eumorpha, found variously from Canada to Argentina.
Eumorpha fasciatus is distributed from eastern Canada to Bolivia.
Habitats
This larva was found in primary rainforest, at an altitude of about 200m.
Lifecycle
The mature larva can be yellow, greenish-yellow, green and red, or yellow and red; and the combinations of these colours can vary from segment to segment on an individual larva. When young the larva has a long and very thin caudal horn, but this is reduced to a stump in the final instar. The white objects on the illustrated larva are the cocoons of a parasitoid wasp.
Adult
The adult is very similar in appearance to Eumorpha vitis which is illustrated below.
Eumorpha vitis, female, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
 

 

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