7772 – Cocytius antaeus,

The Giant Sphinx 

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Head of adult male - observe curled proboscis

Adult male Giant Sphinx

General Species Information

Host Plant: Annona glabra, the Custard Apple

Historical Range: S Florida and Texas and Central America

Our Experience with this Species: This species has only beed seen twice in the Keys during our study. Both of which were in Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo. They were seen in June and October

Notes: This is the largest sphingid in the united states. It is truly an impressive thing to see a female. Wild larvae that we have found have all been parasitized. The extended proboscis has been measured to 11" long

Distribution Chart

K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island

Adult Flight Chart

  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

References

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Final instar larva

7772 – Cocytius antaeus, Giant Sphinx Larva 

Final instar larva

Final instar larva

7772 – Cocytius antaeus, Giant Sphinx Moth