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Tobacco hornworm

Manduca sexta

Description:

This is a BIG caterpillar. 13cm long. Very docile, stays immobile when touched. A very nice creature.

Habitat:

A tomato plant, in my garden.

Notes:

Note the small "nails" in the third picture. They must be very strong to support this immense insect in the plant.

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20 Comments

cute!

Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 8 years ago

awesome

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

Awesomely pudgy little guy! Reminds me of the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. ;-)

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Obrigado Camacho!

MarceloCamacho
MarceloCamacho 9 years ago

Beleza de foto, Rubens!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Thanks Karen !

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great photo!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Thanks for all comments.

Mhmood Zaidan
Mhmood Zaidan 9 years ago

Alice in wonderland ^^ I like it.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

ID changed to Tobacco hornworm.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Araújo, boa idéia. Farei isso amanhã se ela ainda estiver lá. Veja que pelo número de listas dá para identificar a espécie correta, de acordo com a Wikipedia.

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Hi Alex.

Wikipedia link added with nice information and correct ID. From there:
"M. sexta have a short life cycle, lasting about 30 to 50 days. "

AlexTea
AlexTea 9 years ago

that last picture looks like a parrot with no wings to me haha what is the shelf life on that? how long does it live for?

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

absolutely stunning photo!!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

awesome.

Rubens Araujo
Rubens Araujo 9 years ago

Xará...tira uma foto do ferrão na cauda e publica !!!

Kate Russo
Kate Russo 9 years ago

That is a brilliant photo!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 9 years ago

Fantastic photos!

isscarr
isscarr 9 years ago

It's amazing!

textless
textless 9 years ago

That first photo is excellent... such a face!

rubens.luciano
Spotted by
rubens.luciano

Caçapava, SP, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 10, 2011
Submitted on Dec 10, 2011

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