Manduca manducoides
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.

Manduca manducoides
(Rothschild, [1894]) Phlegethontius

Manduca manducoides, male, courtesy of Eurides Furtado.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, 1807 ...........
Species: manducoides (Rothschild, 1894)


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Manduca manducoides flies in
Bolivia: (specimen type locality: Chiquitos, Bolivia);
Paraguay: Canindeyu; and
Brazil: Mato Grosso; Sao Paulo; Maranhao.


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 Furtado.


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


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 Furtado.

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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