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 16, 2013 Blocky Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States March 02, 2014 Details
September 11, 2013 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States February 26, 2014 Details
July 31, 2013 mordac35 Salt Lake County, Utah, United States February 20, 2014 Details
September 06, 2013 junorris53 Alexandria City County, Virginia, United States February 19, 2014 Details
August 17, 2013 joemfbishop Warren County, New Jersey, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 06, 2013 Rob Chase Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States February 07, 2014 Details
August 27, 2013 skillett2 Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States January 23, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 godisgood61 Portage County, Ohio, United States January 21, 2014 Details
September 10, 2002 drkilmer Frederick County, Maryland, United States January 14, 2014 Details
July 07, 2013 Crysalith Clark County, Nevada, United States January 12, 2014 Details
September 12, 2013 00goldstar Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 12, 2014 Details
October 02, 2013 ConnyJenni Johnson County, Iowa, United States December 11, 2013 Details
November 21, 2013 klgraves Pima County, Arizona, United States November 21, 2013 Details
June 09, 2012 TaraDee01 Riverside County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
December 01, 2012 Jsco1218 San Diego County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
June 27, 2013 EmilyFayeB Riverside County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
September 29, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 07, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 eleanor mckay Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States November 06, 2013 Details
August 06, 2012 Deadweezyl Orange County, California, United States November 04, 2013 Details
September 17, 2012 saranava Riverside County, California, United States November 04, 2013 Details
October 26, 2012 NickSB San Diego County, California, United States November 04, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 candicelisa Sacramento County, California, United States November 04, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 Lia Pima County, Arizona, United States November 04, 2013 Details
August 15, 2013 wavy.tides Puerto Rico October 27, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States October 19, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 EmilyRB65 Alameda County, California, United States October 14, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 pee gee Riverside County, California, United States October 14, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 jratkins79 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States October 14, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 steven.browne Sonoma County, California, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 glessard Alameda County, California, United States October 10, 2013 Details
September 26, 2013 maleficent50 Los Angeles County, California, United States September 30, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 commadpro Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 29, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States September 29, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 maleficent50 Los Angeles County, California, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 hcorps Los Angeles County, California, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 slayman47 San Diego County, California, United States September 26, 2013 Details
August 08, 2011 psgoodguy Riverside County, California, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 pauliprav Los Angeles County, California, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 sandy_gordon Lake County, Illinois, United States September 21, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 areid91909 Marion County, West Virginia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 12, 2013 smull17 Virginia, United States September 16, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 Tatiana Staats Sarasota County, Florida, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 reginapcooper Hardin County, Ohio, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 wolf8070 Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 sweetbutterfly30 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 09, 2013 junorris53 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States September 09, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 brittanypoo Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States September 08, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 taterspuss Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 lnwyd Harford County, Maryland, United States September 07, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 jess2523 San Bernardino County, California, United States September 07, 2013 Details