Manduca huascara
Updated as per personal communication with Jean Haxaire
Updated as per French Guiana Sphingidae; March 8, 2011
Updated as per CATE Sphingidae; March 8, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Ramon Alvarez Corral (Barinas, Venezuela); May 27, 2012; ongoing
Updated as per personal communication with Johan van't Bosch (Brownsberg National Park, Brokopondo District, Suriname, July 8, 2011); November 23, 2012

Manduca huascara
(Schaus, 1941) Protoparce

Manduca huascara, courtesy of Jean Haxaire

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: huascara (Schaus, 1941)


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Manduca huascara (wingspan: males: 118-119mm; females: 127-130mm) flies in
Colombia (specimen type locality);
French Guiana: Piste Coralie; Saul; Piste Kaw;
Suriname: Brokopondo District: Brownsberg National Park (JvB); and
probably in Venezuela: Barinas (JRAC); and

Manduca husacara male, Saul, French Guiana,
on my home computer only.

The thorax is light grey with slightly darker grey-mixed with yellow tegulae. There is an even darker grey band across the juncture of the head and thorax.

There are no yellow patches, just whitish ones, on the sides of the abdomen.

The thin black outline of an apical, irregular trapezoid is distinct on each forewing. There are two prominent, short black bars below and external to the small cell mark. The basal and postmedian areas are much lighter than the darker median area, which is especially dark in its upper half.

Manduca huascara, Brownsberg National Park, Brokopondo, Suriname,
July 8, 2011, courtesy of Johan van't Bosch.


Manduca huascara adults fly February and August in French Guiana, and possibly in other months. Johan van't Bosch reports a July flight in Suriname.


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.


Larval hosts are unknown to me.

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