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Missouri Rustic Sphinx Moth - Manduca rustica

Missouri Rustic Sphinx Moth - Manduca rustica
O'Fallon, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
August 25, 2011
Size: 48 mm (body length)
HiRes image HERE.

I found this Manduca rustica (Hodges #7778) around midnight in a parking lot, resting on the pavement under a street light. After bringing it home and mounting it, I noticed that Bug Guide didn't have a Rustic Sphinx Moth from Missouri, so I took a photo and here it is; proof that Missouri does indeed have Rustic Sphinx moths.

My question is: Is it a male or female, and how do you tell?

Moved from ID Request.

Well within the known range, and your photo will add Missouri to the growing Bug Guide collection.

this looks like a female
full of you see any claspers? thats what you look for on sphinx
at least what i look for.

I just checked and I don't see any claspers.