Labial palp with 2nd segment as broad as long, rounded ventrally. Foretibia short and broad, a little longer than 1st foretarsal segment, which has 4 long spines externally, as well as some small ones. Mid- and hinditibiae as long as their respective 1st tarsal segments. Abdomen underside with spines of sternites weak. Forewing upperside with white, submarginal, zigzag line usually well marked. Hindwing upperside with black bands variable in width, the middle ones also in position, the white spaces often shaded with blackish-brown, as in some Manduca paphus. Antenna stout, hook short. Foretarsus somewhat longer than in the male and with more small, external, subdorsal spines.
Male genitalia: Uncus somewhat dilated before end, which is strongly convex dorsally, apex sinuate. Side margins of gnathos dilated before apex, curved dorsad, the dilated triangular portions angled towards each other; apex rounded. Harpe with a long, slightly curved, pointed ventral process, and a broad dorsal process or lobe that lies on the surface of the valve and is more or less triangular and has the apical and dorsal margins dentate. Phallus with a short, broad, acute, terminal tooth, as in Manduca diffissa petuniae.
Female genitalia: Lamella postvaginalis of 7th abdominal sternite about as broad at base as long, truncate. Lamella antevaginalis lobe broad, obtuse, rounded, triangular, with the indication of a mesial sinus, usually concave proximally, the concavity bordered proximally at each side by an oblique low ridge or fold that is sometimes very inconspicuous.
Identification of records from the Cayman Islands remain to be confirmed.