7775 – Manduca sexta,
Carolina Sphinx (Tobacco Hornworm)
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Freshly emerged adult
General Species Information
Host Plant: potato, tomato, tobacco (Nightshade family--Solanaceae), Host unknown in the Keys
Historical Range: Most of the USA, Central and South America
Our Experience with this Species: This species has been found in the following months in the Keys; Feb, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Nov. We have found it on Key Largo, Bahia Honda, Big Pine Key and No Name Key
Notes: This species is a pest to tomato and tabacco gardners as larvae can quickly defoliate large plants.
K. Largo Marath. Ba. Hond B.P.K. No Name Sck. Isd. K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island
Adult Flight Chart
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
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