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
Updated as per personal communication with Jose Monzon (Guatemala); May 2009
Updated as per CATE (description; location); March 7, 2011
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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
copyright C. Odenkirk
(Wing span: (107 - 126 mm)), flies in "Tropical America", given as
the specimen type locality. The moth can be found in
Antenna almost as stout as in Manduca sexta. Abdomen underside shaded with brown scales, especially in the male. Foretarsus with 1st segment externally with 4 or 5 moderately long spines and numerous small ones above them. No pulvillus. Forewing upperside with discal, black, pubescent patches heavy, forming a band that is strongly angled near vein M3; the oblique, black apical line and the posterior part of the black postdiscal line both very heavy; submarginal zigzag line creamy buff rather than white; the cells between veins M3 and CuP more or less russet between the discal band and postdiscal line. CATE
Manduca pellenia three males and one female, courtesy of Hubert Mayer.
Larvae probably feed on plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).
Dan Janzen specifies Solanum hayesii and Cestrum megalophyllum.
First instar larvae hide on underside mid vein where they are well camouflaged.
Larvae excavate subterranean chambers where they pupate on their backs.
Adults emerge about 38-45 days after pupation.
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