(Rothschild, ) Phlegethontius
Manduca manducoides, male, courtesy of Eurides
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, 
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, 1807 ...........
Species: manducoides (Rothschild, 1894)
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flies in Bolivia (specimen type locality: Chiquitos, Bolivia),
Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil: Mato Grosso; Sao Paulo.
Manduca manducoides specimens
have been taken in August-September-October-November-December at
the beginning of the rainy season. The peak flight seems to be in
September-October with moths coming to lights around 11:00 pm.
The species is univoltine.
Pupae probably wiggle to surface from
subterranean chambers just prior to eclosion.
Manduca manducoides, female, courtesy of Eurides
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 AND PUPAE:
Eggs are a bright cream color and are
flattened laterally. They hatch in as few as three days from oviposition.
Larva have been reported on
Annona coriacea. Remarkably, the larvae can develop through
all five instars in as few as twelve days.
Manduca manducoides, fourth instar, courtesy of Eurides
Manduca manducoides, fifth instar, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.
Typical of the Manduca species, the pupa has a well developed tongue sheath.
Imgae courtesy of Eurides Furtado.
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