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890096 – 7783   Manduca jasminearum (Guérin-Méneville, [1832])
             Ash Sphinx

© Carol Wolf
Distribution: Found from Connecticut west to Missouri and Mississippi and south to Florida. It is most common on the east coast.
and Size:
There are two broods, with adults flying from May to September. In Maryland Glaser find this species uncommon throughout the state between 6 July and 11 August. Wingspan is 84-105 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
The food plant is ash. The larva is a yellowish-green hornworm with seven oblique stripes on each side. The last stripe is edged with red and darker green.
Field Marks:
  • forewing gray to grayish brown.
  • thick black line extends from the mid-costa to the mid-outer margin, often broken around the reniform spot.
  • hindwing black with a gray lower margin.
  • Similar Species:
    • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
    Synonymy: Sphinx jasminearum Guérin-Méneville, [1832]
    Sphinx jasmincarum Boisduval, 1875
    Macrosila rotundata Rothschild, 1894
    • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
    • Covell Field Guide p.32; Pl. 4(1, male).
    • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
    • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 36; pl. 2.8. order or free PDF
    • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Manduca jasminearum
    • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
    • Species Page at Mass Moths
    • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 56; pl. 8.6.
    • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 252.
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