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Genus Manduca

Manduca sexta Manduca sexta Rustic Sphinx - Manduca rustica Big green catterpillar - Manduca quinquemaculatus Manduca quinquemaculatus Maybe Manduca sexta ?  - Manduca rustica Green caterpillar eating my tomato plants  - Manduca sexta Manduca rustica
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Manduca
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Manduca Hübner, 1807
synonym Phlegethontius Hübner, [1819]; Verz. bek. Schmett. (9), p.140
synonym Protoparce Burmeister, 1856; Abh. naturf. Ges. Halle v.3, p.63
synonym Macrosila Walker, 1856; List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., v.8, p.198
synonym Diludia Grote & Robinson, 1865; Proc. Ent. Soc. Phil., v.5, p.163, 188
synonym Syzygia Grote & Robinson, 1865; Proc. Ent. Soc. Phil., v.5, p.164
synonym Chlaenogramma Smith, 1887; Ent. Americana, v.3, p.154
Explanation of Names
Apparently from Latin manduc, chew (1), verb manducare to chew (2). Presumably refers to the feeding of the caterpillar.
Ten Manduca species are found in America north of Mexico
Print References
Borror, entry for manduc (1)
The Century Dictionary, entry for manducate (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - pinned adults of all ten Manduca species
Moth Photographers Group - photos of six of the Manduca species (living moths)