The name of this moth likely comes from its appearance as a caterpillar. The green body has black and white diagonal stripes running along its back with an eyespot at the end of each stripe. At the tip of the caterpillar is a reddish-brown horn-like projection. Caterpillars eat tobacco, potato and tomato plants.
Adults are called 'tobacco flies' though they are not flies.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Tobacco Hornworm Moth
Scientific Name: Manduca sexta
Other Names: Tobacco Fly, Carolina Sphinx Moth, Six-Spotted Sphinx Moth
Adult Size (Length): 90mm to 115mm (3.54in to 4.53in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; gray; brown; white
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas
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