Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Terre-de-Bas, 15-VII-85
Larva on wild or cultivated Solanaceae (tobacco, tomato, Solanum spp., Capsicum spp.) and Verbenaceae.
Fairly common in xerophilic zone of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Les Saintes: Terre-de-Bas, St-Martin, St-Bartholomew, Marie-Galante.
Throughout the Antilles.
Throughout the American continent: ssp. sexta (L.), paphus (Cramer 1779), caestri (Blanchard 1854).
Manduca sexta is a classical model in neurophysiology.
The sex pheromone produced by the female moths has been described (Tumlinson et al., 1989, Arch. insect Biochem. Physiol., 10: 255-271.). It consists of:
Manduca rustica (3 pairs of yellow patches on the abdomen)