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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
By interpolation it should also be found in Panama and Colombia.
The forewing ground color is dark with some purplish-brown, especially in the median and subterminal areas. The thin, black, very irregular am line is inwardly traced in white, and there is additional white along the forewing bases and across the junction of the thorax and abdomen, with a very thin white line across the head behind the eyes. The discal spot is large and very white, connected by a white triangular patch to a suffusion on the costal margin. There is also a whitish-grey apical patch, and a small, inconspicuous whitish mark slightly anterior to the anal angle.
In subspecies Manduca dalica anthina, the apical mark is surrounded by black and white mottling that extends along the outer margin. This mottling is absent in the nominate species.
Moths emerge about one month after pupation. The larvae lies on its back, in typical Manduca fashion, while pupating.
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