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2264757778Manduca rustica – Rustic Sphinx Moth – (Fabricius, 1775)

Mark Ausley - fungus growth on dead moth
Distribution: Manduca rustica is a southern species, resident from Virginia to south Florida, and west through Arkansas and Texas to New Mexico, southern Arizona and southern California. It strays northward to Maine, New York and Quebec.
Seasonality
and Size:
Adults fly from May-Nov. in Florida and South Carolina, June-Nov. in Mississippi and July-Oct. in Arkansas. Glaser records them as a southern migrant only from the Coastal Plain of Maryland between 26 June and 26 September. Wingspan 87 - 150 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
The larva is a green "hornworm". There are numerous white nodules on the dorsal surface and seven pairs of oblique blue-grey lateral stripes. The host plants are bignonia, jasmine, fringe-tree and members of the Verbenaceae and Boraginaceae families.
Description/
Field Marks:
  • three pairs of yellow spots on the abdomen.
  • forewing yellowish-brown to deep chocolate brown.
  • zigzag black and white lines at the base, in the am. and lower median areas, and after the pm. line.
  • Similar Species: The Pawpaw Sphinx, Dolba hyloeus, is quite similar but much smaller, with a wingspan of 50 - 68 mm.
    References
    Data compiled and contributed by Nolie Schneider from references cited.

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    Bob Patterson
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    Andy Wraithmell
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    Jason Roberts
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    Mark de Silva
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    Ken Childs
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    120mm – Jim Vargo
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    LG – Maury Heiman
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    Ken Childs LG

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    Valerie G. Bugh

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    Alan Chin-Lee

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    Randy Hardy LG
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    Alan Chin-Lee

    Manduca rustica
    Ken Childs LG


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