Manduca muscosa

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Muscosa sphinx
Manduca muscosa MHNT CUT 2010 0 115 Los Lauveles, Michoacán, Mexico dorsal.jpg
Manduca muscosa, dorsal
Manduca muscosa MHNT CUT 2010 0 115 Los Lauveles, Michoacán, Mexico ventral.jpg
Manduca muscosa, ventral
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Manduca
Species: M. muscosa
Binomial name
Manduca muscosa
  • Protoparce muscosa Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Manduca muscosa, the muscosa sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae.


It is found from southern and western Arizona in tropical and subtropical lowlands and premontane forests and oak woodland, then south through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.[2]


The wingspan is 100–126 mm. It is similar to Manduca sesquiplex but the forewing is much less elongate, the ground colour of the body and wings is darker, almost olive and the pale bands on the hindwing are less prominent.


There is one generation per year with adults on wing from mid-July to early August in southern Arizona. In Costa Rica, adults are on wing from May to November.

The larvae feed on Verbesina gigantea, Lasianthaea fruticosa, Eupatorium albicaule, Viguiera dentate, Eupatorium albicaule, Lantana camara, Helianthus annuus and Jacaranda caroba.


  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Retrieved 2011-11-01.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Silkmoths". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2011-11-01.

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