Hyles calida (Sphingidae)

Endemic

 

Hyles calida caterpillar

Larva

Hyles calida

Adult

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host plants recorded from the Alaka`i Swamp:

 

Development time in the laboratory at 20°C:

  • Larva: 6 weeks
  • Pupa: 5-6 weeks

This species is not a usual resident of the swamp, but is more abundant in drier forest. I collected only 5 caterpillars in two years, although one night at a blacklight I attracted several adults at the drier of my two plots. It is likely that dry weather in the swamp over the previous several years made the habitat more accessible to H. calida.

 

Larval parasitoids recorded from the Alaka`i Swamp:

None were reared.