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Tobacco Longhorn caterpiller

Manduca Quinquemacata


Very long and fat. It has diagonal white stripes and a red horn on the back end. Looks like a tomato longhorn which has a black horn. These caterpillars are the larvae of a Sphinz moth also known as a hummingbird moth or a hawk moth, which are very beautiful.


They eat off juicy leaves, stems and the fruit. Usually tomamoto plants. but like potaoes, peppers, tobacco, moonflower and eggplant. they are hard to spot because they blend in well with the plant, but if you see little black droppins look over the plant. Live throughout the United States, Canada anad Mexico.


I love hummingbird moths in fact I think I posted a photo of one, and I never knew they were from the longhorn caterpillar. People tend to kill them because of there distruction. I never could. I replace them in the woods. I think they are beautiful.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Tobacco Hornworm (Carolina Sphinx Moth)
Manduca sexta Species Manduca sexta - Carolina Sphinx - Hodges#7775 - BugGuide.Net

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jul 15, 2014
Submitted on Jul 15, 2014

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