Cephonodes hylas (Linnaeus, [1771]) - Coffee Bee Hawkmoth; Pellucid Hawkmoth

Taxonomic Information

List of Cephonodes Hübner, [1819] known from India.
Cephonodes hylas (Linnaeus, 1771). Assam, Karnataka (Ghoparde et al.,(2013)), Kerala (Mathew et al., 2018), Madhya Pradesh (Chandra and Nema, 2007) , Punjab (Pathiana et al., 2014),Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand.
Cephonodes picus (Cramer, 1777), Himalayan region (Sanyal et al.,2018), Karnataka (Ghoparde et al., 2013), Madhya Pradesh (Chandra and Nema, 2007), Punjab (Singh and Kaur,2017), Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand (Sondhi and Sondhi, 2016).

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Cephonodes picus is very similar specieswhich has an apical thorn on its tibia, which hylas lacks. Additionally, underside head and thorax of picus is orange, whereas that of hylas is white/whitish or pale yellow.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh3
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi11
Goa
Gujarat11
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka111
Kerala4712
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra72
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga111
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu2
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh11
Uttarakhand11
West Bengal4
Total511289542

Cephonodes hylas (Linnaeus, 1771) – Coffee Bee Hawkmoth; Pellucid Hawkmoth: Adina cordifolia, Gardenia sp. (Rubiaceae), Catunaregam spinosa, Coffea sp., Hymenodictyon obovatum, Hymenodictyon orixense, Mitragyna diversifolia,  Mitragyna parvifolia (Rubiaceae), Tectona grandis (Lamiaceae), Xylia xylocarpa (Fabaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

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Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Cephonodes hylas (Linnaeus, [1771]) – Coffee Bee Hawkmoth; Pellucid Hawkmoth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/cephonodes-hylas, accessed 2024/07/21.