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Carolina sphinx moth caterpillar, (3rd instar)

Manduca sexta sexta, (Linnaeus, 1763)


It is a medium sized caterpillar that will turn into the Carolina or Tobacco sphinx moth. The caterpillar has a green to teal color with seven white and black stripes running down the sides. The most impressive and famous thing is the red and yellow horn that is non-venomous. The true legs which are near the head are white but turn black striped in later instars. the leg or the feet taxonomy has a green extendable part of muscle that can stretch out. The thing that makes them grip on is the hairs like sticker plant seeds.


Suburban, Fort Worth, Texas. They were feeding on a mix of Roma tomato, (Solanum lycopersicum) and Tomatillo, (Physalis philadelphica).


This species and sub-species are found From North to South and Central america as well as the Galápagos which is the sub-species (Manduca sexta leucoptera) that is white and others in the Caribbean that are darker like sexta sexta and ones from South America.

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Ornithoptera80 8 months ago

Thank you Norbu.

Norbu 8 months ago

Nice find! In this photo, you can see that it is preparing to molt, as its head casing has moved down to cover its eating apparatus. They can't eat until they molt!

Ornithoptera80 9 months ago

Thank you Deny.

Deny 9 months ago

Amazing . Lovely spotting baground 😍😍😍

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Aug 17, 2020
Submitted on Aug 18, 2020

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