Hawkmoths of  Brazil  by Alan Martin

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Guia dos Sphingidae da Serra dos Orgaos, Sudeste do Brasil or

A Guide to the Hawkmoths of the Serra dos Orgaos, South-eastern Brazil

by Alan Martin, Alexandre Soares and Jorge Bizarro

REGUA Publications, ISBN 978-0-9568291-0-8

This book is the first to provide a comprehensive guide to all the 110 species of hawkmoths that have been recorded in the region, and for each species there is a detailed text which includes taxonomic nomenclature, distribution and flight times, along with key identification features. There are 37 colour plates illustrating all the species from above and below for males and females, and there are over 120 colour photos showing many of the hawkmoths in their natural resting postures. Using these illustrations, photos and text any keen observer, with no prior knowledge, should be able to readily identify most of the species described. The book also includes several introductory chapters which cover general information on the Serra dos Órgãos and hawkmoth life history and development, and these chapters are provided in both English and Portuguese. The Appendices also include a comprehensive list of larval host plants by genera. Although the book focuses on the Serra dos Órgãos, many of the species covered have wide distributions across the neotropics. This book should therefore appeal not only to those interested in the hawkmoths of Brazil, but to a much wider audience.


The book can be purchased direct from the authors or from NHBS at www.nhbs.com

Addendum to A Guide to the Hawkmoths of the Serra dos Orgaos


Unfortunately a few errors crept into the book and there have been a number of taxonomic changes since its publication as follows:


Page 15: a new species Manduca exiguus has been separated from Manduca contracta and has been recorded from the State of Rio de Janeiro but not yet from the Serra dos Orgaos.

Page 60: Eumorpha orientis is now recognised as a separate species and has been split from Eumorpha obliquus.

Page 63: a new species Xylophanes crenulata has been separated from X.ceratomioides. Only crenulata is now thought to occur in the Serra dos Orgaos.

Page 84: plate 38a is not Aleuron iphis but Aleuron neglectum.

Page 92: plate 63b is not Perigonia stulta but Perigonia pallida.

Page 113: photos 15a and 15b are not Manduca contracta but Manduca diffissa petuniae.

Page 121: photo 100 is not Xylophanes marginalis but Xylophanes pistacina.

Page 141: the records in January and December for Adhemarius gannascus should be removed as they most probably relate to misidentified specimens of Adhemarius daphne.


In addition to Manduca exiguus and Xylophanes crenulata described above, records within the Serra dos Orgaos have now been found for Enyo taedium australis and Aleuron prominens. Records of two other species, Manduca gueneei and Cocytius mephisto, have also been found within the State of Rio de Janeiro but not yet from the Serra dos Orgaos.


All these errors have been corrected in this website but the attached pdf can be printed to be kept with the book.