Attributes of Manduca sexta

Carolina sphinx
Manduca sexta (Linnaeus, 1763)

Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Identification: Abdomen usually has 6 pairs of yellow bands. Forewing has indistinct black, brown, and white markings. Hindwing is banded with black and white and has 2 black zigzag median lines that are very close together with hardly any white showing between them. Wing fringes on forewing are spotted with white.
Wing Span: 3 3/4 - 4 3/4 inches (9.5 - 12 cm).
Life History: Adults fly at dusk, and females lay eggs singly on the upperside of host plant leaves. The caterpillars are known as Tobacco Hornworms, and each has a red-tipped horn at the end of its abdomen. Caterpillars have large appetites for leaves and fruits and can defoliate plants quickly. Fully-grown caterpillars pupate and overwinter in burrows in the soil.
Flight: . Several broods throughout the year in Florida, several broods from April-October in Louisiana, and two broods from May-October in the remainder 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), moonflower (Calonyction aculeata), and petunia (Petunia hybrida).
Habitat: Tobacco fields, vegetable gardens, and a wide variety of habitats.
Range: Massachusetts west across southern Michigan to Minnesota, central Colorado, and northern California; south to Florida, the Gulf Coast, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California.
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 tobacco and tomato, and occasionally potato and pepper crops.
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August 13, 2015 zinniagirl Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 kayla.ca Tulare County, California, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 Rangertsp Davidson County, Tennessee, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States August 21, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 rgmailman1 Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States August 20, 2015 Details
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August 20, 2015 SpotPKT Denton County, Texas, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 marshallbw72 Williamson County, Tennessee, United States August 18, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States August 10, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 07, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 kburr Oakland County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 24, 2014 ttbryant79 Macomb County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 12, 2014 Tim Henk80 Macomb County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 szwabowski Wayne County, Michigan, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 nickv27 Cook County, Illinois, United States August 03, 2015 Details
July 30, 2015 GrannySwan Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 M. Moore Collin County, Texas, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 DenisedeniseLA Los Angeles County, California, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 nathanjohn21 Fairfax City County, Virginia, United States July 15, 2015 Details
September 10, 2010 Allen Belden Richmond City County, Virginia, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States July 01, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 YvonneG Florence County, South Carolina, United States May 31, 2015 Details
October 21, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 31, 2015 Details
September 22, 2010 Margaret and I 1996 Texas, United States, Webb County May 10, 2015 Details
July 20, 2014 KRamiirez. Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 tito_fosho San Bernardino County, California, United States April 28, 2015 Details
August 21, 2014 yaz44usa Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States April 12, 2015 Details
September 09, 2014 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States April 12, 2015 Details
September 23, 2014 adamschaffer Benton County, Arkansas, United States February 05, 2015 Details
August 21, 2014 coreyk Clark County, Nevada, United States January 27, 2015 Details
September 08, 1980 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States January 25, 2015 Details
August 29, 2005 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States January 25, 2015 Details
September 20, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States January 04, 2015 Details
August 23, 2014 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States December 31, 2014 Details
August 12, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States December 16, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 V.v. Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States November 21, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States November 13, 2014 Details
September 25, 2014 ecsdenise Louisa County, Virginia, United States September 27, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 Stuart Marcus Texas, Liberty County, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 Skye Sanford Los Angeles County, California, United States September 20, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 lauralanier Franklin County, North Carolina, United States September 18, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 finatic Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States September 15, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 finatic Pinal County, Arizona, United States September 15, 2014 Details
September 14, 2014 Norcaljeeper Solano County, California, United States September 15, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 finatic Pima County, Arizona, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 anesam Wood County, Ohio, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 Rosey Leal San Joaquin County, California, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 07, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 finatic Yuma County, Arizona, United States September 05, 2014 Details