Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Manduca florestan (Cramer, 1782)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Upperside of forewing is gray to yellowish gray to brown, with whitish patches and black markings including 2 dashes running from the cell out toward the margin. Upperside of hindwing is dark brown with a brown-centered white bar at the hind edge.
Wing Span: 3 7/8 - 4 1/8 inches (9.9 - 10.5 cm).
Life History: The caterpillar has a horn at the end of its abdomen.
Flight: . One flight from late June to early August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Trumpetbush (Tecoma species) and fiddlewood (Citharexylum species).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Mountains of southern Arizona, New Mexico, and the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas through Mexico and Central America at least to Brazil.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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