Moths of North Dakota

Sphingidae: Sphinginae: Sphingini


Manduca sexta (Linnaeus 1763)

Common name: Carolina sphinx/ Tobacco hornworm

Hodges #: 7775.

Identification: Rfw 49.5 mm,  fw shades of gray, white subterminal line even in course, hw with dark lines separated by light ground color, abdomen with yellow lateral spots. 

Similar species: 7776, 7778.

Distribution: Central America and southern U.S., straying northward.

Hosts: Plants of the tomato family (Solanaceae).

Note: The single ND record may be an escape from a laboratory culture.

Picture of Manduca sexta.

IN.  Randolph Co., 20- VI- 1976.  at light.  coll. B. Stiles.




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Last updated: 01/23/07

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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