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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Hannibal's Sphinx
Manduca hannibal CRAMER, 1779
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SPHINGIDAE
subfamily - SPHINGINAE
Tribe - SPHINGINI
Unidentified species, La Merced, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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 mossi, lucetius, stuarti and hannibal have wasp-like yellow and black bands on the abdomen, while in others including brontes and 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 hannibal is found from Venezuela and Guyana, south to Brazil and Peru.
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