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71. Blackburn's Sphinx Moth

Scientific name: Manduca blackburni

Classification: Kingdom: Animalia: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta. Family: Sphingidae

Origin: Endemic

Status: Endangered

Distribution: Arid lowlands of Kaho`olawe, Maui, and the Big Island

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Blackburn's Sphinx Moth is Hawai`is largest native insect with a wingspan of up to 5 inches (12 centimeters). once found on six Hawaiian Islands, it is now only known from the southernmost three. The caterpillars of the moth feed on the native `aiea trees (leaves, stems, flowers, and buds) although they are also found on nonnative plants such as tree tobacco, commerical tobacco, and tomato plants..
   Photo by Betsy Gagné