Manduca contracta
Updated as per AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE SPHINGIDAE OF BOLIVIA, October 2007
Updated as per More, Kitching and Cocucci's Hawkmoths of Argentina 2005, October, 2007
Updated as per personal communication with Nigel Venters (November 16, 2009, Calilegua, Jujuy, Argentina, 750m); November 2009
Updated as per personal communication with Sergio D. Ríos Díaz in CATÁLOGO DE LOS SPHINGIDAE (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA) DEPOSITADOS EN EL MUSEO NACIONAL DE HISTORIA NATURAL DEL PARAGUAY; sent to me in July 2014 by Sergio D. Ríos Díaz.

Manduca contracta
(Butler, 1875) Protoparce

Manduca contracta, Calilegua, Jujuy, Argentina,
96mm, 750m, 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: contracta (Butler, 1875)

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DISTRIBUTION:

Manduca contracta (wingspan approximately 95-105mm), flies in
Bolivia (specimen type locality): Santa Cruz, La Paz (450-750m);
Paraguay: Concepcion; Paragauri; and in
Argentina Buenos Aires, Corrientes, Jujuy (NV), Salta, Tucuman; and
probably in Uruguay.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Manduca contracta adults fly in February-March-April-May, July, November-December.

Both males and females come to lights.

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:

Larva have been reported on ??

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