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Photo#21474
Manduca rustica

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

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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

 
Biggen
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!

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