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Carolina Sphinx Moth caterpillar

Manduca sexta


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


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


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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flowntheloop 10 months ago

Thank you both, Larry & Christine!

LarryGraziano 10 months ago

Absolutely love your spottings! Kudos!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 10 months ago

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

flowntheloop 10 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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