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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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
August 21, 2015 Fladabosco Santa Clara County, California, United States September 01, 2015 Details
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
August 19, 2015 Rintuono Baltimore County, Maryland, United States August 20, 2015 Details
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