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Tobacco hornworm

Manduca sexta


this is a tobacco hornworm and the white things on its back are the cocoon of wasps. the wasp lays its eggs inside the worm and when they hatch, they eat it from the inside out.


tomato plants, gardens


i found this in my garden crawling along one of the tomato plants.

1 Species ID Suggestions

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

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1 Comment

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Despite their name, Tobacco Hornworms also feed on tomato plants. Those white things on the caterpillar are actually cocoons from the parasitic wasp larva. They will hatch out of the tops of them. Interesting find for sure, not so lucky for the caterpillar!

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Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jul 1, 2011
Submitted on Jul 1, 2011

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