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930448 – 8272   Empyreuma pugione (Linnaeus, 1767)
             Spotted Oleander Caterpillar

© Alan Chin-Lee
Distribution: Type locality: insula S. Thomae [St. Thomas Island, Virgin Islands].
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Synonymy: Empyreuma pugione Hübner, 1818
Empyreuma affinis Rothschild, 1912
Chrysaor erythropterus Hübner, 1808
Empyreuma haitensis Rothschild, 1912
Sphinx lichas Cramer, [1775]
Empyreuma mucro Zerny, 1912
Empyreuma portoricensis Rothschild, 1912
Empyreuma sanguinea Rothschild, 1912
Sphinx sanguinosa Martyn, 1797
Taxonomic Notes: Empyreuma pugione (Linnaeus, 1767) is a senior synonym of 8272 Empyreuma affinis Rothschild, 1912, Jour. Lepid. Soc., 58(1)21: 29.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Factsheet at Florida Featured Creatures.
  • Linnaeus, C., 1767. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio duodecima, reformata. Tom. I. Pars II. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae, 1(2): 807.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Weller, S.J., R.B. Simmons, A.L. Carlson, 2004. Empyreuma species and species limits: evidence from morphology and molecules (Arctiidae). Journal of Lepidopterists Society, 58(1)21: 1-32.
Empyreuma pugione
© Hershel Raney
Empyreuma pugione
© Jeff Hollenbeck
Empyreuma pugione
44mm – © Jim Vargo

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