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Tobacco Hornworm

Manduca sexta

Description:

Tender fat caterpillars

Habitat:

Chilly tree

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6 Comments

JumpingSpider22
JumpingSpider22 7 years ago

Don't most people consider that being a pest?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Hi Erik! Sorry, my explanation may have been confusing. They are considered pests, but will not destroy the plant it is feeding on. So in that sense, they are unfortunately mislabeled pests when they are just a native species which feeds on similar plants that people do. :-)

JumpingSpider22
JumpingSpider22 7 years ago

Thanks for letting me know they are pest. They were found in my backyard

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Please add this to my mission, "Moths of the World:"
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8841...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

If you ever are unsure of the scientific name, usually a search can turn it up. For example, search "Emerald Ash Borer scientific name" and you will get the scientific name.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

The similar looking Tomato Hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata, a straight blue-black horn. The two species are commonly confused as the Tobacco Hornworm also eats tomatoes and peppers, even sometimes more frequently than Manduca quinquemaculata, the Tomato Hornworm. While voracious eaters, they will not destroy the plant to the point that it fails to produce fruits, and therefore is more of a visual pest, however in large quantities, the larva can become destructive.

JumpingSpider22
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JumpingSpider22

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 13, 2013
Submitted on Aug 16, 2013

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