Tobacco Hornworm

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The easiest way to find well-camouflaged caterpillars is to first find their droppings.

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Two tobacco hornworms fed on the same  flowering tobacco plant (Nicotiana sylvestris) plant in my moon garden. The caterpillars can be a challenge to find, even after finding them the first time. I included this picture because it shows the pattern “veeing” down its back.

IMG_9180 cropThe small black spots along its side are the spiracles where they breath.

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The “eye” is a fake eye on its prothoracic shield.

Two caterpillars were on this same plant. One was gone the next morning, and the other the next morning. I probably won’t see the sphinx moths after they emerge.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. They look rather large!

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  2. I saw something similar last year, I was surprised by how big it was-about as big as a finger.

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