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Carolina Sphinx Moth caterpillar

Manduca sexta

Description:

Large (around 9.5 cm), green caterpillar with white and black banding and eye spots along each segment. Prominent red horn on posterior segment.

Habitat:

Feeding on my cherry tomatoes in the garden. Surrounded by mixed hardwoods in my back yard.

Notes:

This caterpillar was latched onto my tomato plant and did not want to let go! I was impressed by mouthparts as well as the "velcro-action" of its prolegs! It took a lot of effort for me to remove this from the plant!

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5 Comments

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 2 months ago

Thank you both, Larry & Christine!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 2 months ago

Absolutely love your spottings! Kudos!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 months ago

Fantastic! Love the detail, especially the shot of the "velcro" prolegs :)

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 2 months ago

You are quite welcome, Gilma! I am glad you enjoyed the photos!

Great series, flowntheloop, thank you for sharing.

Plainville, Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.40, Long: -85.03

Spotted on Sep 6, 2017
Submitted on Sep 7, 2017

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