Phryxus caicus

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Phryxus is a monotypic moth genus in the family Sphingidae first described by Jacob Hübner in 1819. Its only species, Phryxus caicus, was described by Pieter Cramer in 1777.

Phryxus caicus
Phryxus caicus MHNT CUT 2010 0 526 - Rio Vermelho Brésil Santa Catarina - male.jpg
Phryxus caicus male
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Macroglossinae
Tribe: Dilophonotini
Subtribe: Dilophonotina
Genus: Phryxus
Hübner, 1819
P. caicus
Binomial name
Phryxus caicus
(Cramer, 1777)[1]


It is found in the Neotropics, although it has been recorded from southern Florida and South Carolina.


The length of the forewings is 33–37 mm. South from Florida, adults are mainly found from August to November but may be found year round.


In the tropics, larvae have been recorded on Apocynaceae species. In Florida, it has been recorded on Rhabdadenia bilfora.


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2011-10-19.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.