Manduca armatipes
Updated as per personal communication with Joanna Rodriguez Ramirez (Jujuy; Argentina), January 21, 2015

Manduca armatipes
man-DOO-kuh mmar-MA-ti-pes
(Rothschild & Jordan, 1916) Protoparce

Manduca armatipes by John Vriesi.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: armatipes (Rothschild & Jordan, 1916)


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Manduca armatipes (wingspan: approximately 96mm) flies from
Argentina: (specimen type locality); Catamarca, Jujuy, Tucuman, Salta; La Rioja (JRR) and
Uruguay to
Bolivia: Tajira [Tarija] (1600m); and at Villa Montes (600m), Department of Tajira [Tarija]; and at Ipati (1000m); and at Valle Grande (2000-2400m), Department of Santa Cruz at elevations from 600m-2400m.

Manduca armatipes, 96mm, Calilegua, Jujuy, Argentina,
November 17, 2009, 750m, courtesy of Nigel Venters.

CATE: "Very similar in colour and pattern to Manduca lichenea, but hindwing upperside more extensively grey, with a patch posterior to the discal cell extending to the more proximal of the median dark bands, this band thus being more prominent than in Manduca lichenea; forewing upperside with transverse lines more prominent, sharply dentate. Differs from Manduca undata, which is similarly coloured and has similar spines on the foretarsus, in lacking the 2 longitudinal black streaks on the forewing upperside discal area."

Manduca armatipes male, Tucuman, Argentina,
CATE Sphingidae, on my home computer only.


Manduca armatipes adults fly in November and February.


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.


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