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Tobacco Hornworm

Manduca sexta

Description:

This was a specimen in early development, the Tobacco Hornworm can usually be found in Chilly, Tobacco, Tomato and Tomatillo bushes, this bush used to have plenty of hornworms, but this time I only found this one alive, the other ones were dead hanging on the leaves with empty wasp eggs on their anterior zone, they were turning black and being sucked up, it was pretty horrible, but I'm glad the species still around, hope the wasps don't eradicate them from the bush.

Habitat:

Tropical Grasslands

Notes:

It was on a chilli bush

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3 Comments

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 9 years ago

Okay, I have updated some information!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 9 years ago

Alright! I guessed it right! Thank you Aaron!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Manduca quinquemaculatus has v-shaped white markings along its sides, while Manduca sexta has the diagonal white lines. If you are torn between these two species, I say you have Manduca sexta. :-)

http://bugguide.net/node/view/3244

Nimbid Ditavi
Spotted by
Nimbid Ditavi

Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia

Spotted on May 22, 2013
Submitted on Jun 12, 2013

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