Manduca neglecta
Updated as per DESCRIPTION DUN NOUVEAU SPHINGIDAE DES CONTREFORTS ANDINS: MANDUCA NEGLECTA,
Lambillionea, CVI, l Mars 2006, courtesy of Jean Haxaire, August 2, 2006
Updated as per CATE Sphingidae (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru); May 13, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Pia Oberg (Wildsumaco Lodge, Napo, Ecuador, February 28, 2011); December 1, 2011
Updated as per personal communication with Hubert Mayer (Shimabenzo, Rio Tambo, Satipo, Junin, Peru, 119mm, December); June 6, 2014

Manduca neglecta
Jean Haxaire and Thierry Vaglia, 2006

Manduca neglecta holotype male, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador,
July 27, 1990, 700m, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

Manduca neglecta male, Shimabenzo, Rio Tambo, Satipo, Junin, Peru,
119mm, December, 2008, courtesy of Hubert Mayer;
not sure if the moth from Satipo is neglecta, schausi or extrema, Bill Oehlke

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Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.

TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: neglecta Haxaire and Vaglia, March, 2006

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DISTRIBUTION:

Manduca neglecta (wingspan: males: 99 mm - 114 mm; females: 106 mm - 118 mm) flies in
eastern Ecuador: Napo, Pastaza and Morona-Santiago; ?? El Oro (BF);
Peru: Madre de Dios, Cuzco, Puno: Carabaya; Junin?? (HM); and in
Bolivia: La Paz, in low to mid altitude biotypes (500m-1170mm), at elevations lower than the very similar Manduca schausi. Examination of genitalia is probably needed to distinguish them, although Manduca neglecta is smaller.

Manduca neglecta, Wildsumaco Lodge, Napo, Ecuador,
February 28, 2011, courtesy of Pia Oberg, id by Bill Oehlke.

Regarding the specimen from Wildsumaco Lodge, I am pretty sure it is neglecta and not schausi, largely based on thoracic markings, and absence of clear black dashes below the cell mark. Pia also indicates it is considerably smaller than a moth determined to be schausi from the same location just a day or two later. It might, however, also be schausi, as elevation at Wildsumaco Lodge is 1400m, higher than might be expected for neglecta. Pia had tentatively identified this specimen as schausi, and she may be correct.

Manduca corallina from Central America to Venezuela is also very similar in both size and appearance. Manduca extrema is also very similar.

Manduca neglecta has not been confirmed in southern Colombia, but it might be present (WO?).

Manduca neglecta specimen plate, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Manduca neglecta adults fly in January and again in April-May and July-August and November-December in Ecuador.

In Bolivia there is a specimen taken in November.

Both males and females come to lights.

ECLOSION:

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

Manduca neglecta female, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador,
August 8, 1988, 800m, courtesy of Jean Haxaire.

SCENTING AND MATING:

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

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larval hosts are unknown.

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