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tobacco hornworm

Manduca sexta


This is the caterpillar of the Carolina Sphinx Moth and is a common garden pest. The white cocoons are from the braconid wasp, Cotesia congregatus, which parasitizes the caterpillar.


Suburban garden


A student brought this to lab today wanting to know if she should be concerned about it eating her tomatoes. Interestingly, we found several sources that recommend leaving the parasitized caterpillars in the garden as that conserves the wasps which will seek out other hornworms on which to lay their eggs.

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Denise Williams
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Denise Williams

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 10, 2013
Submitted on Jul 10, 2013

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