Smerinthini thumbnails

Sphingini of Guyana:
Manduca Thumbnails

This checklist will become more accurate as images and information are sent to me. If you would like to assist in the development of this worldwide Sphingidae data/image base, please send info and images to Bill Oehlke.

I have arranged the images in accordance with my perception of wing characters: predominent markings, shape, colour, size.

Females often have a wing shape or pattern that differs from the males. I hope some day to also have a thumbnail checklist for the females.

Manduca: white apical patch on forewing; two rows of white dots on abdomen, white on juncture of thorax and abdomen; three yellow-orange marks on each side of abdomen

Manduca dalica dalica; 120-135mm: Fw: dark, purplish-brown in median & subterminal areas. Thin, black, very irregular aml inwardly traced in white, additional white along forewing base & across thorax/abdomen juncture. Thin white line across head behind eyes. Discal spot: large, white, connected by white triangular patch to suffusion on costal margin. Whitish-grey apical patch, & small, whitish mark anterior of anal angle. Space between 2nd & 3rd discal lines dark grey.

Manduca leucospila ; FWl: 47mm: Space along i.m. between aml & post-discal lines: pale, suffused with buff. Large greyish-white patches anterior to oblique apical line, and in submarginal area. Smaller white patch & submarginal zigzag line near anal angle. Black streak connects 3rd antemedian & 1st discal lines between veins CuA1 and CuA2; discal lines sharply dentate, 2nd and 3rd close together, with the space between spotted with white, the lines more evenly curved than in Manduca rustica; fringe with white spots large, extending onto the wing membrane.

Manduca brunalba
Very strong presence of broad, white postmedian line, outwardly produced opposite the white cell dot. Upper 2/3 of median area quite dark, masking any lines.

Manduca rustica Broad, dominant U-shaped whitish area from costa (just outside am line) to inner margin; along inner margin to last pm line and inside that line to first pm line to costa. Median area bounded by this shape is grey-brown with white cell and no white triangle joining cell to costa. Lower inside 1/4 of basal area white with white marks above. Much white in terminal area. Note inverted white v's, like eyebrows, over dark triangles on mid thorax. Strong white presence at juncture of thorax/abdomen.

Manduca albiplaga: Large white apical patch in upper half of postmedian area from outside of pm line to apex; another large white patch from costa to inner margin just outside the basal area. Two white areas not contiuous as in rustica.

Manduca: Five to six pairs of yellow-orange marks on each side of abdomen.

Manduca diffissa tropicalis : Grey brown, often darker in cell region. Terminal line tends to be more pronounced, with small rectangular like projections, than in other species in this group.

Manduca sexta paphus

Manduca hannibal : Ground colour different shades of brown with generous suffusions of tiny charcoal grey scales, creeating a somewhat grainy appearance. Lighter colouration (creamy buff) without suffusion along inner margin, anal angle and outer margin. Very weak subterminal line.

Manduca duquefi
not sure if this one is in Guyana

Manduca lucetius questionable in Colombia: Slaty black downy patches very pronounced, forming, together with a patch in the discal cell, a large semicircle filled with black scaling, this contrasting strongly with the paler, russet basal and distal areas; discal and postdiscal lines less curved than in Manduca diffissa petuniae near vein M3, but more so than in Manduca sexta; white dots of the fringe sometimes encroaching on the wing, being slightly enlarged basad, though they may be very small or absent.

Three to four pairs of lateral, yellow abdominal patches.
Very thin, black, apical, trapezoidal outline often broken along lower edge.
Prominent, oblique, black bar from near costa midpoint to cell.

M. prestoni
M. prestoni: bar from costa tangent to lower edge of cell, then subparallel to inner margin.

Not sure if prestoni is present in Guyana

Manduca lefeburii :
Similar to Manduca andicola. Conspicuous, diffuse, dark band from midpoint costa to outer margin near vein CuA1, housing white discal spot. Mostly pale grey with pale brown triangular patch from cell spot to costa. Aml weak, outer pm line weak. No narrow black mesial line on abdomen upperside.

No lateral abdominal yellow patches, just whitish ones.
Thin, black outline of apical, irregular trapezoid is complete and distinct.
Two prominent, short black bars, subparallel to inner margin, below and outside cell spot.

M. huascara:
Thorax: light grey; slightly darker grey-mixed with yellow tegulae.
Darker grey band across head and thorax juncture.
Basal & postmedian areas much lighter than median area, especially dark in upper half.
Small, almost obscure cell spot.
not sure if huascara is in Guyana

Manduca florestan
Thorax: light grey; slightly darker wishbone on inner, upper edge of tegulae.
Small reddish-brown patch outside cell. Other lines weak on a generally even light grey ground colour.

Manduca vestalis
Thorax light grey; tegulae slightly darker with black outer edge.
One prominent, thin, distinct, S-shaped, pml on left fw. Other "pmlines" broadly diffuse. Ground colour light grey, often with yellowish cast.


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