Hawkmoths of  Brazil  by Alan Martin

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IDENTIFICATION KEY: EUMORPHA


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1.  Eumorphas with subapical patches

E. anchemolus:  the largest of this group. Note the shape of the subapical patch and the dark markings along the inner margin of the forewing discal area. Note also the large triangular marks on the abdomen.


Wing: 58-76 mm


E. obliquus:  most similar to anchemolus but note the contrast between the paler basal and discal areas of the forewing when compared with the darker post discal area. Note also the 3 parallel oblique lines from the costa in the basal area. Lacking the triangular marks on the abdomen that anchemolus has. Found only in the Northern region of Brazil.


Wing: 48-74 mm


E. orientis: until recently a subspecies of obliquus, replacing obliquus in the North-east, South and South-east of Brazil.


Wing: 50-70 mm



E. analis: a well defined square patch on the inner margin of the forewing discal area and a medium sized subapical patch. Note also the black line along the centre of the head and thorax, and the small pink area on the basal area of the hindwing.


Wing: 45-64 mm


E. satellitia excessus: a conspicuous spot behind the eye. Forewings paler brown and more well marked than some other Eumorpha species.


Wing: 49-54 mm



E. megaeacus: paler than others in this group and with a series of undulating postdiscal lines on the forewing. Note also the two parallel lines on the hindwing.


Wing: 47-59 mm



2.  Eumorphas with multiple forewing lines

3.  Green Eumorphas

4.  Striped Eumorphas

E. adamsi: a small round discal spot on inner margin of forewing and pink marginal band on hindwing.


Wing: 37-44 mm




E. translineatus: single square discal spot on inner margin of forewing and dark hindwing. Larger than adamsi.


Wing: 43-61 mm




E. labruscae labruscae: bright green forewings and body when fresh and mu;ti-coloured hindwings.


Wing: 47-63 mm




E. phorbas: green forewings and body when fresh, yellow on hindwings and bold black stripes down either side of the thorax and abdomen.


Wing: 50-67 mm





E. capronnieri: unmistakable with its green patches on the forewing.


Wing: 44-58 mm




E. fasciatus fasciatus: pink marginal band on hindwing. Note also the shape and thickness of the forewing stripes.


Wing: 40-53 mm




E. vitis vitis: no pink marginal band on hindwing.


Wing: 42-66 mm



See also Hyles euphorbiarum