The Pellucid Hawk Moth, Cephonodes hylas, or Coffee clearwing, is a moderately large species of moth. It is also a beautiful cross between a cicada, a moth, and a glass winged butterfly.
They inhabit a variety of habitats, and provided the temperatures are warm enough and the right types of vegetation are present, they seem to thrive.
The Cephonodes hylas feed primarily upon the leaves of the coffee plant and pomegranate – good diet.
The Pellucid Hawkmoth is a diurnal insect and does not much respond to light. Also, they also make a deep humming sound when under stress.
Pellucid Hawk Moth Physical Description
Cephonodes hylas can possess a wingspan of up to 3 in (7.5 cm). Most interestingly, the wings are transparent and reflect most light (creating antireflection) which makes the species difficult to see. That is their most distinctive feature.
The wings are an unusual triangular shape and wispy thin. They commonly possess black edging, as well as thin black veins throughout them.
The caterpillar is a beautiful bright green. In adult individuals, the thorax is habitually also bright green. The legs and face are usually a light gray in color, and head and spiracles – mostly dark blue.
Broad bands of yellow and red with a dark edging cross the body of the insect, which is stout in shape and reminds of the body of the bumblebee. The abdomen is somewhat tapered in shape and can be yellow, green, or orange.
In short, this is a beautiful moth worth spotting.