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. 

Distribution Chart

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.
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month

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