What is another word for manduca?
3 synonyms found
[ mˈandjuːkə], [ mˈandjuːkə], [ m_ˈa_n_d_j_uː_k_ə]
Manduca is a genus of moths that belongs to the family Sphingidae, commonly known as hawk moths, hornworms or sphinx moths. The name "manduca" may refer to any of several different species of this genus, including the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) and the tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata). Some synonyms for "manduca" include Sphinx, Acherontia, Deilephila, Hippotion, Sphinxidius and Proserpinus. These moths are characterized by their large size, swift flight and long proboscis, which they use to extract nectar from flowers. Although some species of moth in this genus can cause damage to crops, they are also important pollinators and provide food for birds and other animals in their habitats.