All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar</strong>
<em>Manduca sexta</em>
Ijams Nature Center (Knox Co.)

Although this is a Tobacco Hornworm, it is eating a tomato plant leaf! There is also a Tomato Hornworm that looks very similar. The red horn at the...
Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar
Manduca sexta
Ijams Nature Center (Knox Co.)

Although this is a Tobacco Hornworm, it is eating a tomato plant leaf! There is also a Tomato Hornworm that looks very similar. The red horn at the end of the abdomen on this Sphinx moth larva is a good identification tool. Note the large circular spiracles, the "breating holes", on the side of the abdomen. The 5 large, visible green legs are the prolegs, the 6 true legs are beneath the caterpillar's tucked head and can't be seen.

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