Moths of the Amazon
ROTHSCHILD & JORDAN,
Family - SPHINGIDAE
subfamily - SPHINGINAE
Tribe - SPHINGINI
Manduca andicola, Satipo, Peru ©
There are about 70 species in the genus
Manduca, all quite large species, most
of which have a grey or brownish-grey ground colour, heavily
speckled with black, and are superbly camouflaged when at rest on
tree trunks. Most species have a distinctive circular white spot at
the end of the discal cell on the forewing. Some species including
and stuarti have wasp-like yellow and
black bands on the abdomen, while in others including
andicola the abdomen is grey.
The genus is largely confined to the
neotropical region, although a few species extend their range north
into Mexico and the USA.
Manduca andicola is endemic to eastern
This species is found in the forested foothills of the Peruvian
eastern Andes, at altitudes between about 400-1500m.
To be completed.