Historical Note on Pseudosphinx tetrio (L.) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in Trinidad, West Indies

John Cooper, Margaret Cooper


The caterpillars that Margaret Mann describes are, one assumes, those of Pseudosphinx tetrio (L.). In analysing the species’ apparent dependence in Trinidad on ornamental frangipani (Plumeria spp), Cock made the interesting final comment “…it may well be that Pseudosphinx tetrio has only established breeding populations in historical times”. It was clearly present – and presumably reproducing – when Margaret Mann was writing 160 years ago and was well-recognised then by local people.

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