Manduca armatipes

Manduca armatipes
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(Rothschild & Jordan, 1916) Protoparce

Manduca armatipes by John Vriesi.

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TAXONOMY:

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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DISTRIBUTION:

Manduca armatipes (wingspan: approximately 96mm) flies from
Argentina: (specimen type locality); Catamarca, Jujuy, Tucuman, Salta; 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.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Manduca armatipes adults fly in November and February.

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.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

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