Manduca violaalba
(B. P. Clark, 1922)

Manduca violaalba, Brazil, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, 1807 ...........
Species: violaalba B. P. Clark, 1922

DISTRIBUTION:

Manduca violaalba (wingspan: 73-83mm; forewing length: approximately 39mm) flies in Brazil (specimen type locality) in Mato Grosso; Mato Grosso do Sul; Goias.

This species should be easy to identify due to almost completely uniform dark grey-brown almost black ground colour of the forewings. Markings are dark black and distinct and there usually is a small white dot in the cell area.

The hindwing is white with a dark, dentate band along the outer margin.

Manduca violaalba male, Burity, Mato Grosso, Brazil,
courtesy of Ian Kitching, myspecies website.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Manduca violaalba adults fly in October-November, and possibly in other months.

Manduca violaalba, 73mm, Brazil, courtesy of Jean Haxaire

Manduca violaalba, 83mm, Brazil, courtesy of Jean Haxaire

ECLOSION:

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

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

Manduca violaalba, 81mm, Brazil, courtesy of Jean Haxaire

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larva have been reported on ??

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