Updated as per http://biological-diversity.info/sphingidae.htm (Belize), November 2007
Updated as per Fauna Entomologica De Nicarauga, November 2007
Updated as per The Known Sphingidae of Costa Rica, November 2007
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
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The upperside of the moth is soft greenish gray; the forewing has a small green to white cell spot, and the hindwing has black bands and a black patch at the base.
Larvae have striping even in the first instar. Growth is very rapid.
Second instar larvae are well camouflaged on undersides of foliage, usually resting on mid vein.
Images courtesy of Dan Janzen.
Helianthus annuus and Jacaranda caroba have also been reported as larval hosts.
Photo courtesy of Bruce Walsh, Arizona.
Photo courtesy of Dan Janzen, Costa Rica.
Larvae excavate subterranean chambers and pupate on their backs.
The pupa is brown, not black, and it is thinner than is the pupa of Manduca dilucida, Manduca florestan, Manduca lanuginosa.
Larvae are subject to parasitization by Drino rhoeoof the Tachinidae family.
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