Manduca hannibal hamilcar Updated as per personal communication with Ezequiel Bustos (Shilap revta. lepid. 43 (172) diciembre, 2015, 615-631 eISSN 2340-4078 ISSN 0300-5267), January 4, 2016
Updated as per personal communication with Lucas S. Rodrigues (Cariacica, Espirito Santo, Brazil); July 27, 2016
Updated as per personal communication with Diogo Luiz (Tingua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 29, 2016); October 2, 2016

Manduca hannibal hamilcar
(Boisduval, [1875]) Sphinx

Manduca hannibal hamilcar, Tingua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
September 29, 2016, courtesy of Diogo Luiz,
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: hannibal hamilcar (Boisduval, [1875])


Manduca hannibal hamilcar flies in
Brazil (specimen type locality): Rio de Janeiro; Espirito Santo (LSR), and in
Argentina: Misiones (EB).

I expect it can also be found in southeastern Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in the eastern forests.

Manduca hannibal hamilcar, Cariacica, Espirito Santo, Brazil,
July 27, 2016, courtesy of Lucas S. Rodrigues, id by Bill Oehlke.


Manduca hannibal hamilcar adults fly in July in Espirito Santo, Brazil (LSR), and probably in other months?? Diogo Luiz reports a late September flight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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.


Larva have been reported on ?? .

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Manduca hannibal hamilcar male, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
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