Manduca bergamatipes
Updated as per the L.O.L.A. publication Hawkmoths of Argentina, More, Kitching and Cocucci, 2005, October 2007.
Updated as per personal communication with Nigel Venters (wingspan: 88mm, Tafe de Valle, Tucuman, Argentina, November 26, 2008, 2000m),
February 12, 2009
Updated as per SHILAP publication: Lista de Sphingidae del Uruguay, September, 2010; Msc Gabriela Bentancur Viglione; January 31, 2011
Updated as per CATE, October 17, 2011

Manduca bergarmatipes
(B. P. Clark, 1927) Protoparce

Manduca bergarmatipes, Tafe de Valle, Tucuman, Argentina,
wingspan: 88mm, November 26, 2008, 2000m, courtesy of Nigel Venters.

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: bergarmatipes (B. P. Clark, 1927)

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DISTRIBUTION:

Manduca bergarmatipes (wingspan: males: approximately 88mm; females: 117mm; forewing length: males: 45-47mm) flies in Argentina: Tucuman; and
Uruguay.

CATE" " Intermediate in appearance between Manduca bergi and Manduca armatipes. Most similar Manduca armatipes but:
Abdomen ash grey dorsally.
Abdomen ventrally white with 2 medial black spots (4 in Manduca armatipes).
Forewing upperside less heavily marked (more so than in Manduca bergi); subbasal white spots present but less prominent; discal spot present but smaller and less prominent.
Forewing underside less heavily marked (more so than in Manduca bergi); discal spot present but smaller and less prominent.
Hindwing upperside darker; median white line prominent posteriorly, broader but shorter.
Hindwing underside black, with transverse lines less prominent (more so than in Manduca bergi)."

Manduca bergarmatipes, Tucuman, Argentina, CATE,
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FLIGHT TIMES:

Manduca bergarmatipes adults fly in November (probably into December) and possibly in other months.

ECLOSION:

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

Manduca bergarmatipes female, Tafe de Valle, Tucuman, Argentina,
wingspan: 117mm, December, 2008, 2000m, courtesy of Nigel Venters.

Manduca bergarmatipes female (verso), Tafe de Valle, Tucuman, Argentina,
wingspan: 117mm, December, 2008, 2000m, courtesy of Nigel Venters.

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:

Larval hosts are unknown. This is apparently quite a rare species.

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