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Tobacco Hornworm and moth

Manduca sexta

Description:

Found on my tomato plant. Seven diagonal lines and red horn.

Notes:

Included additional clarifying pictures on horn coloration. (Today: Sept 7: the worm is now a moth that visits my office early in the morning. It is HUGE. Approximately 2 -2.5 inches long with a wingspan easily double that and a fat body. Sorry for the poor images, only had my phone with me) Seems he has been injured.

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11 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

It is a really nice series of pictures!

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 9 years ago

Thanks for the tidbit!

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

Nice update! Just another little tidbit...Check out the spots on the side. There are 6. The tomato hornworm moth would only have 5.

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 9 years ago

Thanks Alice. I just posted a new one. Looks like the little guy was injured today :( I will email you.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nicole, I took your picture off and lightened it. I will send you a copy if you want, if you send me an e-mail address. My address is alicelongmartin@gmail.com

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 9 years ago

Added a couple of new pictures as the worm is now a moth!

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 9 years ago

This is a great place to learn. I use the internet too, but to be honest with this one I just thought I knew what it was. Live and learn!

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

Glad I could share! This one was tricky for me to learn as well. I depend a lot on the internet to identify my spottings and a lot of websites would discuss the tomato hornworm but show a picture of the tobacco hornworm.

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 9 years ago

Annorion: THANK YOU! That was a good lesson ;) You are indeed correct, mine is a Tabacco Hornworm, red horn and 7 diagonal lines (not the 8 V's). Thanks for the education!

Alice: Since my tomato plants have not really been very productive this year, can I be forgiven for letting this guy live through his whole cycle? My tomato growing neighbors might never forgive me...

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

We just had a good discussion on this spotting (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/710...) which is a tobacco hornworm and looks just like your spotting. Here is another link http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/fiel... I found that shows pics of both. KristenGilpin has also suggested an easy tell by the color of horn red for tobacco and black for tomato.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

A beauty. I would like to see him hatch, but not eat my tomato plants!

NicoleLook
Spotted by
NicoleLook

Sacramento, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2011
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

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