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tobacco hornworm, goliath worm

Manduca sexta


Like other "hornworms" (Sphingidae), this species has a spike or "horn" at tailend (last abdominal segment) that gives the hornworm its name. It and the related tomato hornworm (M. quinquemaculata) are major agricultural pests. The adult is known as the Carolina sphinx moth.


Observed amidst (devouring) pepper plants in backyard residential garden in Springfield, Missouri.

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Springfield, Missouri, United States

Spotted on Oct 12, 2015
Submitted on Oct 16, 2015

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