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  • Rustic Sphinx Moth - (Manduca rustica)

    Rustic Sphinx Moth - (Manduca rustica)

    The Rustic Sphinx Moth is a big and beautiful specimen that prefers southern latitudes and sea-level altitudes.

    Staff Writer (8/28/2017): This striking, mammoth-sized moth is a member of the Sphinx family. The rich black and white speckled coloration of the Rustic Sphinx Moth is contained by sharp, short white 'dashes' on the edges of its hind wings. Hairy legs add to its charm. The mottled coloration, if looked at closely, reveals a zigzag pattern crossing the body from left to right. A small white dot is centered on each forewing.

    This moth is well adapted to various types of warm climates. It can be found in arid, temperate and even tropical areas. It is most active at the end of summer and into fall. Bougainvillea, petunias and other aromatic flowers make fine places to observe them.

    The caterpillar of this moth is a bright green color. It is smooth, lacking bristles. It has 7 distinctive black and yellow stripes on each side, almost like slashes. Its gray face adds the only other color. The caterpillar will eat the leaves of a variety of plants, adding to the adaptive nature of the insect.

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    Rustic Sphinx Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Rustic Sphinx Moth
    Scientific Name: Manduca rustica

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Sphingidae
           Genus: Manduca
            Species: rustica

    Size (Adult, Length): 87mm to 150mm (3.43in to 5.91in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, gray, brown, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: spotted, large, speckled, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; New Mexico; Texas; Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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