Manduca violaalba
(B. P. Clark, 1922)

Manduca violaalba, Brazil, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.

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


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.


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


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.

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


Larva have been reported on ??

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