Tobacco Hornworm - Manduca sexta - Six Spotted Hawkmoth by MotherNature

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The only way I know how to differentiate this caterpillar from the Tomato Hornworm is by the color of their “horn”. If black, it is the Tomato variety; if red, it is the Tobacco variety. This caterpillar is pretty big and I’m betting on it being the Tobacco Hornworm. Cute caterpillar:>) The horn here is red.

They are considered pests of the plants in the nightshade family or Petunias, too. We do pick hem off our tomato plants and try to find something wild for them to chow down on, like nightshade. More often than not we see the eggs of a Braconidae wasp on the more grown up caterpillars, so many do not survive to adulthood in our area.

Here is a bit of a write up on them:

Taken with an Olympus FE240 set on macro


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  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraabout 1 year ago

    July 14/2013
    Enjoy the day MotherNature with the Just Butterflies Featured Gallery.
    Wish you A Sunny Day with Butterfly Kisses,

  • I just discovered this is featured! Many, many thanks:>) I’m so happy!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 1 year ago

    Cool close up !!! Love the detail in this little one :))

  • Isn’t it just the handsomest caterpillar! Thank you for visiting and leaving such a great comment:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 1 year ago

    Oh wow, what a wonderful capture, MotherNature!!! Congratulations on your features!!!! :)))

  • You’re a sweetheart to say so, Laurie:>) Thanks!

    – MotherNature

  • marens
    marensabout 1 year ago

    so clear and sharp – excellent macro Carol!!!

  • Thanks for the lovely comment, marens:>)

    – MotherNature

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsabout 1 year ago

    Excellent detailed capture.

  • I think they are handsome, in spite of all the bad press they get – LOL. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

    – MotherNature

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