Cephanodes hylas (Oriental bee hawkmoth, Coffee bee hawkmoth)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Panorpida > Amphiesmenoptera > Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) > Glossata > Coelolepida > Myoglossata > Neolepidoptera > Heteroneura > Ditrysia > Apoditrysia > Obtectomera > Macrolepidoptera > Bombycoidea > Family: Sphingidae (hawkmoths) > Subfamily: Macroglossinae

 

Cephanodes hylas adult, Brits (25 ˚ 40 32.36 S 27˚ 49 14.20 E), Northwest Province, South Africa, 19 Nov 2011 at 16h00. [photo Mike Nyenes ]

 

 This is one of the three main species of hawkmoth that are active in the daytime, the other two species being Macroglossum trochilus and Leucostrophus hirundo.

Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara, Asia and Australia.

Larval host-plants in southern Africa

Recorded in Kroon (1999) unless otherwise indicated.

Burchellia bubalina

 

Coffea arabica (Coffee)

Recorded in Pinhey (1975).

 

Gardenia sp.

 

Kraussia floribunda

 

Pavetta lanceolata

 

Vangueria infausta

 

Publications

  • Kroon, D.M. 1999. Lepidoptera of Southern Africa - Host-plants and other Associations. A Catalogue. Published by the author and Lepidopterists' Society of Africa, P.O. Box 477, Jukskei Park 2153, South Africa. 

  • Pinhey, E.C.G. 1975. Moths of Southern Africa. Tafelberg, Cape Town.

 

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