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Carolina Sphinx Moth

Manduca sexta

Description:

Giant

Habitat:

In parent's pepper plant

Notes:

Ate an entire tomato plant!

1 species ID suggestions

Tobacco hornworm
Manduca sexta Manduca sexta

6 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Hi Latimeria. Yes, so I'm learning. Thanks.

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 6 years ago

Amazing colors. Thanks for sharing. Great capture.

Latimeria
Latimeria 6 years ago

Lori, I'd say that's a tobacco hornworm, not a tomato hornworm. They're very similar, but the tomato hornworm has 8 V-shaped markings. The tobacco hornworm just has 7 diagonal stripes, which this one has.

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago

It's the catipillar of the Five spotted hawk moth, known also as the Tomato hornwom.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manduca_qui...

Carol.Luber
Carol.Luber 7 years ago

It about 2.5 maybe 3 inches. It destroyed some leaves in my dad's veggie garden!

peter
peter 7 years ago

How big was it, 2-3 inches?

Santa Monica, California, USA

Lat: 34.01, Long: -118.46

Spotted on Oct 12, 2010
Submitted on Oct 12, 2010

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