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Hemeroplanes triptolemus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Sphingidae
Scientific name  Hemeroplanes triptolemus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Hemeroplanes
Rank  Species
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Similar  Hemeroplanes, Hemeroplanes ornatus, Common blanket octopus, Dilophonotini, Dynastor darius

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Hemeroplanes triptolemus is a moth of the family Sphingidae. Its chest and wings are covered in scales. The moth uses a proboscis to feed itself nectar. Both males and females have a relatively long lifetime of 10 to 30 days. The female moths lay pellucid green eggs. Egg growth varies strongly from 3 to 21 days. There are at least two generations per year with peak flights from January to February and again from June to July.


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The moth is known from Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and probably flies throughout Central America into Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela and Guyana.

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The larvae feed on Mesechites trifida. In its larval form, the Hemeroplanes triptolemus is capable of expanding its anterior body segments to give it the appearance of a snake, complete with eye patches. This snake mimicry extends even to the point where it will harmlessly strike at potential predators.

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