Updated as per http://biological-diversity.info/sphingidae.htm (Belize), November 2007
Updated as per Fauna Entomologica De Nicarauga, November 2007
Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Evan Rand: Arizona Sphingidae: Santa Cruz County (July-August); September 2010
Updated as per personal communication with Terry Stoddard (El Progresso, Guatemala, June 2015, 103mm); August 19, 2015
Updated as per personal comunication with Gernot Kunz (Rincon de la Vieja Lodge, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, June 10, 2008, 624m); March 24, 2017
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
The specimen type locality is Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Manduca occulta can be differentiated from M. sexta which has 2/3 black, 1/3 white checkering on the forewing, while occulta has equal amounts of black and white checkering.
Manduca occulta, Nicaragua, courtesy of Michel Laguerre, id by Jean Haxaire.
In Nicaragua, Michel Laguerre reports them on the wing in July-August and October.
Evan Rand reports them in southern Arizona: Santa Cruz county, in July and early August.
Manduca occulta, California Gulch, Atascola Mtns., Santa Cruz Co., AZ,
July 21, 2010, 3800 ft, courtesy of Evan Rand.
Manduca occulta Hacienda La Vega, 10km N El Rancho Jct, El Progresso, Guatemala,
June 11, 2015, 300m, 103mm, courtesy of Terry Stoddard, id by Bill Oehlke.
Manduca occulta male, Rincon de la Vieja Lodge, Guanacaste, Costa Rica,
June 10, 2008, 624m, courtesy of Gernot Kunz
Larvae look much like Manduca dilucida.
The tongue loop is long like that of a small Manduca rustica.
Larvae are subject to parasitization by Drino rhoeo and Drino piceiventris of the Tachinidae family and by Microplitis espinachi and Meteorus congregatus of the Braconidae family.
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