Manduca rustica

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Rustic sphinx
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Genus: Manduca
M. rustica
Binomial name
Manduca rustica
(Fabricius, 1775)
  • Sphinx rustica Fabricius, 1775
  • Sphinx chionanthi J. E. Smith, 1797
  • Protoparce nigrita Clark, 1926
  • Protoparce postscripta Clark, 1926
  • Protoparce rustica auriflua Gehlen, 1930
  • Phlegethontius rustica harterti Rothschild, 1894
  • Protoparce rustica calapagensis Holland, 1889
  • Phlegethontius rustica cortesi Cary, 1963
  • Protoparce rustica cubana Wood, 1915
  • Protoparce rustica dominicana Gehlen, 1928

Manduca rustica, the rustic sphinx, is a moth of the family Sphingidae. The species was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1775.[1]


It is found in the southern parts of the United States (straying into the northern United States at times), southward through Mexico, Central America and South America to Uruguay.



The larvae feed on Jasminum and Bignonia species and other plants of the families Verbenaceae, Convolvulaceae and Lamiaceae and Boraginaceae.

The species is widespread and adaptable, living in varied habitats from rainforests to deserts and thriving in urban and disturbed habitat. It can live on many types of native and exotic plants.[2]


  • Manduca rustica cortesi (Cary, 1963) (Mexico)
  • Manduca rustica cubana (Wood, 1915) (Cuba, Jamaica)
  • Manduca rustica calapagensis (Holland, 1889) (Galápagos Islands)
  • Manduca rustica harterti (Rothschild, 1894) (Lesser Antilles, including Bonaire and St. Lucia)
  • Manduca rustica rustica (Americas)



  1. ^ "CATE Creating a Taxonomic eScience - Sphingidae". Retrieved 2011-11-01.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Manduca rustica. NatureServe. 2012.

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