Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events

Manduca rustica

Manduca rustica
Cave Creek, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
June 21, 2005
Size: 4''

Images of this individual: tag all
Manduca rustica Manduca rustica

Likely Rustic Sphinx
Looks like Rustic Sphinx, Manduca rustica, e.g.,

Yup, it's found in Arizona, see this page at Moths of Southeastern Arizona.

Spectacular, aren't they? The first one I found I first thought was a piece of trash, it was so large.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Yeah found a picture of it on another site. Looks like that is the right name. It is the biggest moth I have ever seen. My first thought was that it was a bat. That site lists its food as Desert Willow, which are abundant in the neighborhood--the main street is Desert Willow Parkway. It looks like it could damage quite a bit because of it's size.

no damage from adult
The moth won't do any "damage." It is in the larval, caterpillar, stage that they eat and eat and eat their particular larval foodplant. And even then, unless there are millions like gypsy moth larva (or unless they are boring out the center of the stem on your squash plant!),a single caterpillar doesn't eat enough to worry about. Enjoy them!

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.