Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Muscosa sphinx
Manduca muscosa (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Upperside is soft greenish gray; forewing has a small green to white cell spot, hindwing has black bands and a black patch at the base.
Wing Span: 4 - 5 inches (10 - 12.6 cm).
Life History: The caterpillar has a horn at the end of its abdomen.
Flight: . One flight from mid-July to early August in southern Arizona.
Caterpillar Hosts: Unknown; perhaps plants from the families Solanaceae, Verbenaceae, and Bignoniaceae.
Adult Food: Nectar from deep-throated flowers.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical lowlands and premontane forests. Oak woodland.
Range: Costa Rica north through Mexico to southern and western Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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