Manduca andicola

Manduca andicola
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(Rothschild & Jordan, 1916) Protoparce

Manduca andicola, Shima, Junin, Peru,
June 15, 2010, courtesy of Peter Bruce-Jones.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: andicola (Rothschild & Jordan, 1916)


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Manduca andicola flies in
Peru: Junin;
Ecuador: Zamora (CATE);
Bolivia: (La Paz: Murillo, Río Zongo, 750m), also in Central America and down to Argentina.

Similar to Manduca lefeburii, Manduca incisa and Manduca jasminearum in having a relatively uniform forewing upperside with a conspicuous, if rather diffuse, dark band running from about midway along the costa to the outer margin near vein CuA1 and incorporating the discal spot. Most similar to Manduca incisa from which it may be distinguished by being generally darker, with most black markings either broader or better defined; abdomen upperside with mesial line broader, but less prominent against the darker background; and by the presence of a discontinuous band composed of individual arcs and double dots curving from the costa near to the point the radial vein reaches it to become submarginal posterior to the transverse vein. CATE

Manduca andicola Peru, courtesy of Vladimir Izersky.


Manduca andicola adults fly as three generations in the subequatorial zone:
1) December-January;
2) May-June;
3) October.

Females are generally on the wing from 12:20 - 2:30 am, with males flying from 1:00 - 3:30 am.


Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen. Adults take nectar from flowers.


Larvae feed on various plants in the Annonaceae family.

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