Manduca vestalis
Updated as per CATE Sphingidae (Venezuela, French Guiana, Ecuador, Bolivia); February 11, 2011
Updated as per Heteroceres of French Guiana; February 11, 2011

Manduca vestalis
(Jordan, 1917) Protoparce

Manduca vestalis by Steve Graser, Yasuni, Ecuador, September 7, 2002 - 12:35 AM.

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Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Sphinginae, Latreille, [1802]
Tribe: Sphingini, Latreille, 1802
Genus: Manduca Hubner, [1807] ...........
Species: vestalis (Jordan, 1917)


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Manduca vestalis (approx wingspan: males: 110mm; females: 130mm) flies in
Brazil, (specimen type locality); Para;
French Guiana: Kaw; and
Ecuador: Napo and Pastaza: Yasuni;
probably northwestern Bolivia.

I suspect it also flies in Colombia, Peru, Guyana and Suriname.

There is only one prominent, thin but distinct, S-shaped, post median line on the left forewing. The other "pmlines" are broadly diffuse. Ground colour is light grey, often with a yellowish cast. There are two dark dashes below the cell and the upper half of the median area is darker than the lower half.


Manduca vestalis adults fly in November and possibly throughout the year. In Kaw, French Guiana, there is an August flight, and it probalby flies there in other months.


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


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


Larval hosts are unknown to me.

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