Manduca sexta (Linnaeus, 1763) sec CATE Sphingidae, 2009

Linnaeus 1763. Cent. Insect. Rar.. 27


Palpus with 2nd segment as broad as long, rounded ventrally.Foretibia short and broad, a little longer than 1st foretarsal segment, which has 4 long spines externally, as well as some small ones.Mid- and hinditibiae as long as their respective 1st tarsal segments.Abdomen underside with spines of sternites weak.

Forewing upperside with white, submarginal, zigzag line usually well marked.

Hindwing upperside with black bands variable in width, the middle ones also in position, the white spaces often shaded with blackish-brown, as in Manduca sexta jamaicensis.


Antenna stout, hook short.


Foretarsus somewhat longer than in the male and with more small, external, subdorsal spines.

Male Genitalia

Uncus somewhat dilated before end, which is strongly convex dorsally, apex sinuate.Side margins of gnathos dilated before apex, curved dorsad, the dilated triangular portions angled towards each other; apex rounded.Harpe with a long, slightly curved, pointed ventral process, and a broad dorsal process or lobe that lies on the surface of the valve and is more or less triangular and has the apical and dorsal margins dentate.Aedeagus with a short, broad, acute, terminal tooth, as in Manduca diffissa petuniae.

Female Genitalia

Plate of 7th abdominal sternite about as broad at base as long, truncate.Ante-ostial lobe broad, obtuse, rounded, triangular, with the indication of a mesial sinus, usually concave proximally, the concavity bordered proximally at each side by an oblique low ridge or fold that is sometimes very inconspicuous.


Other Topics



Unknown number and sex[United States:] Carolina (D.D. Garden)[Unknown depository] Unknown number and sexJamaica [1 ex. MLU]Unknown collector[Unknown depository]

The Jamaica syntype is the specimen illustrated by Browne, 1756, Civ. Nat. Hist. Jam.: 438, pl. 43, fig. 17.


The name sexta should be ascribed to Linnaeus rather than Johansson, as clearly indicated in Catalogue Twelve (1957) of Sandbergs Bokhandel, Stockholm: 83 (Hodges, 1971, in Dominick et al., Moths Amer. N. of Mexico21: 29-30).