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Blackburn's sphinx moth is Hawaii's largest native insect, with a wing span of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters). Like other sphinx moths, it has long, narrow forewings and a thick, spindle-shaped body tapered at both ends. It is grayish brown in color with black bands across the top margins of the hindwings and five orange spots along each side of the abdomen. The large caterpillars occur in two color morphs, gray or bright green with scattered white speckles throughout the back and a horizontal white stripe on the side margin of each segment. Manduca blackburni is native to the main Hawaiian Islands (endemic).
USDA/APHIS Draft Environmental Assessment regarding non-regulation of insect resistant corn
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has prepared an Environmental Assessment in response to a petition from Monsanto Company regarding the regulatory status of genetically engineered European corn borer resistant corn (c. 2006).
Blackburn's sphinx moth overview
Manduca blackburni species status, biology, distribution, threats, and conservation actions are described by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (Hawaii's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, 2005).
Manduca blackburni species profile from USFWS
A species profile for Manduca blackburni is provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, including links to information regarding the federal endangered/threatened status of this species.
Maui Offshore Islet Botanical Survey
Starr, F., K. Starr, and Wood K. 2006. Maui Offshore Islet Botanical Survey. Report prepared for State Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Offshore Islet Restoration Committee, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Biology and conservation of Manduca blackburni
Conant, Sheila and E.M. Van Gelder. 1997. Biology and conservation of Manduca blackburni. Honolulu: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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