Attributes of Manduca quinquemaculata

Five-spotted hawkmoth
Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth, 1803)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Abdomen usually has 5 but sometimes 6 pairs of yellow bands. Forewing is blurry brown and gray. Hindwing is banded with brown and white and has 2 well-separated median zigzag bands. Forewing fringes are grayish, not distinctly spotted with white.
Wing Span: 3 9/16 - 5 5/16 inches (9 - 13.5 cm).
Life History: Adults fly at dusk, and females deposit eggs singly on the upper surface of host plant leaves. The caterpillars are called Tomato Hornworms and each has a black horn at the end of the abdomen. Caterpillars have huge appetites for leaves and fruits and can defoliate plants quickly. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in soil burrows.
Flight: . Several broods from February-October in Florida and from April-October in Louisiana, at least two broods from May-October in the rest of the range.
Caterpillar Hosts: Potato, tobacco, tomato, and other plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), petunia (Petunia hybrida), bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), tobacco (Nicotiana), and phlox (Phlox).
Habitat: Tobacco fields, vegetable gardens, and wherever host plants are found.
Range: Mexico north throughout most of the United States and occasionally southern Canada, but it is uncommon in the Southeast and the Great Plains.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Caterpillars are pests on tomato and other plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 20, 2014 Jimulacrum Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States July 20, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 tjheindel Inyo County, California, United States June 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2013 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States May 30, 2014 Details
July 05, 2013 Daisyboo1077 Eddy County, New Mexico, United States April 30, 2014 Details
July 17, 2013 tomatocat Utah County, Utah, United States February 22, 2014 Details
September 25, 2013 bugabugz Utah County, Utah, United States February 22, 2014 Details
September 28, 2013 Skyrealmsoldier Salt Lake County, Utah, United States February 22, 2014 Details
August 26, 2012 mealina Malheur County, Oregon, United States February 19, 2014 Details
November 02, 2013 Iflyk4funn Dade County, Georgia, United States February 15, 2014 Details
July 18, 2013 Sean Werle Cochise County, Arizona, United States February 12, 2014 Details
July 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States February 10, 2014 Details
September 02, 2013 Jean Fontaine Greenville County, South Carolina, United States February 05, 2014 Details
October 01, 2013 jeffmci9 Texas, Travis County, United States January 23, 2014 Details
August 15, 2013 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States January 20, 2014 Details
July 27, 2012 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States January 20, 2014 Details
August 31, 2011 ourhouse Cache County, Utah, United States January 13, 2014 Details
August 02, 2013 Linda Butler Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States December 27, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Larn Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States December 27, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 Ken Childs Chester County, Tennessee, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 03, 2013 bonnik Dane County, Wisconsin, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 jenson210 Dallas County, Texas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 AnnieManty Kane County, Illinois, United States October 01, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 hannah_calli Effingham County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 sparkle_colors13 Dakota County, Minnesota, United States September 25, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 whaas Carbon County, Wyoming, United States September 19, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Jenntratt Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 16, 2013 John and Mary Citrus County, Florida, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 donnagbutler Ontario, Canada September 10, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 mothworker Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 treichard Juniata County, Pennsylvania, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 29, 2013 sburnside Livingston County, Illinois, United States August 29, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Matt ODonnell Rappahannock County, Virginia, United States August 27, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 Shanmct Montgomery County, Maryland, United States August 26, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 logan_fahey Dane County, Wisconsin, United States August 25, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 hchattaway Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 almorgan30 Ontario, Canada August 23, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 patmatt Siskiyou County, California, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 sls065 Carroll County, Maryland, United States August 07, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 amycb75 Texas, Tarrant County, United States July 22, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 contactbarker Washington County, Oklahoma, United States July 14, 2013 Details
July 09, 2013 Mothnotawoman Ontario, Canada July 10, 2013 Details
June 15, 2012 Bob Ohnstad Brown County, South Dakota, United States July 07, 2013 Details
July 10, 2012 mahasay Pennington County, South Dakota, United States July 07, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States July 07, 2013 Details
June 28, 2013 Tktittle Clark County, Ohio, United States June 30, 2013 Details
February 05, 2013 Surferlovely Ventura County, California, United States June 28, 2013 Details
April 28, 2013 dwmurray Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States June 23, 2013 Details
April 26, 2013 Poop Bexar County, Texas, United States April 26, 2013 Details
April 16, 2013 Stuart Marcus Texas, Liberty County, United States April 17, 2013 Details
April 09, 2013 kk281 Harris County, Texas, United States April 09, 2013 Details