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Cautethia grotei

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Sphingidae
Scientific name  Cautethia grotei
Rank  Species
Class  Insecta
Genus  Cautethia
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
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Similar  Cautethia, Aellopos tantalus, Erinnyis obscura, Isoparce cupressi, Butterflies and moths

Cautethia grotei, commonly known as Grote's sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It resides in Florida, United States and the Caribbean Islands.

Contents

The wingspan is 28–40 mm. There are multiple generations per year in Florida. Adults nectar at various flowers, including Asystasia gangetica and Dracaena fragrans.

Host plants

Larvae have been recorded feeding on various Rubiaceae species, including milkberry (Chiococca alba), black torch (Erithalis fruticosa) and common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus).

Subspecies

  • Cautethia grotei grotei (Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and possibly Hispaniola and Jamaica. Strays have been found up to Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and even New Hampshire)
  • Cautethia grotei apira Jordan, 1940 (Cayman Islands)
  • Cautethia grotei hilaris Jordan, 1940 (Cayman Islands)
  • References

    Cautethia grotei Wikipedia


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