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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September 27, 2016 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States September 28, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 22, 2016 cbrockhawk_moth Harvey County, Kansas, United States September 22, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 Ally1134 Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 19, 2016 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Blazey Kane County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Beverly C Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 16, 2016 Details
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September 11, 2016 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States September 14, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 iangardner Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 tofirius Holmes County, Ohio, United States September 14, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 Andy Wyatt York County, Pennsylvania, United States September 10, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 TCat7187 Cecil County, Maryland, United States September 09, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States September 09, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Abbw Calloway County, Kentucky, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 maacoco Texas, Tarrant County, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 mclanefamilysc Anderson County, South Carolina, United States September 04, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 29, 2016 KarenT Johnson County, Texas, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 Gammyjay New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 paurod10 Dallas County, Texas, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 curtis.lehman (Margaret Higbee) Indiana County, Pennsylvania, United States August 18, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 ShannonCC Union County, New Jersey, United States August 07, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 rhianon Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 05, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 Lou Ellen Donnelly Fulton County, Georgia, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 topmarmot Harris County, Texas, United States July 06, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 strixv Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 24, 2016 Details
August 15, 2015 amyschaich@yahoo.com Orange County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2016 Details
July 21, 2015 Ewan_bug Ontario, Canada December 09, 2015 Details
October 28, 2015 klew7 Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States November 18, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 monkmoose Boulder County, Colorado, United States November 13, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Darrell P. Delahousaye Pierce County, Wisconsin, United States November 07, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 mdolson New York County, New York, United States November 04, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 darvizo Riverside County, California, United States October 17, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 John C Oconee County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 kopturs Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 Courtneymary Los Angeles County, California, United States October 10, 2015 Details
October 08, 2015 vincek Los Angeles County, California, United States October 09, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 Christopher Bell Monterey County, California, United States October 08, 2015 Details
September 22, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States October 03, 2015 Details
September 12, 2009 NormShea Charleston County, South Carolina, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 cheznous Bell County, Texas, United States September 29, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 grnstff Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States September 24, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 grnstff Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 ksue333 Texas, Tarrant County, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Misfitcandy California, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 shakespearenut San Bernardino County, California, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Barlowbutterfly Meigs County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 Pasomel San Luis Obispo County, California, United States September 05, 2015 Details