Manduca lefeburii
Updated as per (Paraguay), November 2007
Updated as per "A Hawk Moths fauna of southern Maranhão state, Brazil, ... "; NEVA: Jahrgang 34 Heft 3 November 2013; via Jean Haxaire; April 5, 2014
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.
Updated as per personal communication with Joanna Rodriguez Ramirez (Tucuman; Argentina), January 22, 2015

Manduca lefeburii
(Guérin-Méneville, [1844]) Sphinx

Manduca lefeburii, Paraguay, PYBIO

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: lefeburii (Guérin-Méneville, [1844])


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Manduca lefeburii (Wing span: 8.9 - 11.0 cm, females larger than males), flies in
Bolivia (specimen type locality);
and generally from Mexico and Belize to
Paraguay: Concepcion, Amambay; Presidente Hayes, San Pedro, Canindeyu, Alto Parana, Caaguazu, Cordillera, Paraguari, Itapua (PS) and (probably/possibly Guaira, Central, Amambay and Caazapa);
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro; southern Maranhao; and
Argentina: Misiones; Tucuman (JRR).

In Bolivia it has been taken in Santa Cruz: Warnes; and Ipati (1000m), Department of Santa Cruz.

In Central America it is reported in
Belize: Cayo;
Nicaragua: Rio San Juan;
Costa Rica: Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose.

By interpolation it should also be in Colombia and Peru.

The moth is named for M. Lefébure de Cerisy.

Similar to Manduca andicola, Manduca incisa and Manduca jasminearum in having a relatively uniform forewing upperside with a conspicuous, if rather diffuse, dark band running from about midway along the costa to the outer margin near vein CuA1 and incorporating the discal spot.Distinguished from Manduca incisa by the lack of a narrow black mesial line on the abdomen upperside; by the forewing upperside not being paler proximal to the transverse band than distal to it; by the distal costal mark being less conspicuous; and by the shorter apical line. CATE

Manduca lefeburii, Paraguay, PYBIO

Manduca lefeburii, Brasil, Poté, Minas Gerais, November 11, 2004, courtesy of Frederik Goussey.


Manduca lefeburii adults fly as at least two broods in Costa Rica with most adults on the wing with the onset of the rainy season in May to June; a second flight (much smaller) seems to follow August through December.

In Bolivia they have been observed in October-December.

Manduca lefeburii male, courtesy of Hubert Mayer, id by Jean Haxaire


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

Manduca lefeburii male courtesy of Dan Janzen.

Manduca lefeburii female courtesy of Dan Janzen.


Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.


Larvae feed on Casearia arguta, Casearia sylvestris and Casearia corymbosa of the Flacourtiaceae family.

Larvae are subject to parasitization by Microplitis espinachi of the Braconidae family.

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