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Carolina Sphinx

Manduca sexta


Thick, green caterpillar with diagonal white stripes. There are spots resembling eyes next to each stripe totaling 6 giving this species the name of Six-spotted Sphinx Moth. The end of the caterpillar has a "tail" resembling a horn giving it another common name of Hornworm.


Tomato plant in garden


aka Tobacco Hornworm

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Thank you Michael! Besides being a garden menace, they really are fascinating!

MichaelS 2 months ago

Great notes, Cindy! Fascinating little caterpillar.

Ramona, California, United States

Spotted on Jul 17, 2020
Submitted on Oct 29, 2020

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