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Species Manduca quinquemaculatus - Five-spotted Hawk Moth - Hodges#7776

Is this a Tomato Caterpillar. It was on our tomatoes. - Manduca quinquemaculatus Five-spotted Hawk Moth - Manduca quinquemaculatus Tomato Hornworm M. quinquemaculata? - Manduca quinquemaculatus Large Moth - Manduca quinquemaculatus Moth on elm leaf. - Manduca quinquemaculatus Five Spotted Hawkmoth - Manduca quinquemaculatus Hairy - Manduca quinquemaculatus Caterpillar found near beach  - Manduca quinquemaculatus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Manduca
Species quinquemaculatus (Five-spotted Hawk Moth - Hodges#7776)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Tomato Hornworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Manduca quinquemaculatus (Haworth, 1803)
Sphinx quinquemaculata Haworth, 1803
Phlegethontius celeus Hübner, [1821]
Protoparce quinquemaculata ab. wirti Schaus, 1927
Explanation of Names
Latin quinque- "five" + maculata- "spotted"
Wingspan 9-13.5 cm
Adult: Similar to Carolina Sphinx, but has five pairs of spots on abdomen, not six. Zig-zag lines on hindwing are sharp, separated by white.
Larva: The caterpillar has eight v-shaped stripes rather than the seven diagonal stripes of the similar Tobacco Hornworm (larva of Carolina Sphinx). The horn is also straight and blue-black rather than orange, yellow red. Unfortunately many images of these caterpillars found on the internet are misidentified. See National Gardening Association website for correctly identified image of larva.
Includes eastern North America. More common in southern states, especially along the Gulf Coast.
Larvae feed on tomato, tobacco, and relatives (Solanaceae).
Adults take nectar from flowers including Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), petunia (Petunia hybrida), bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), tobacco (Nicotiana), and phlox (Phlox).
Life Cycle
Pupates in soil and overwinters at that stage.
Caterpillars are sometimes a pest of cultivated plants.
Adults fly at dusk.
See Also
Carolina Sphinx - Manduca sexta
Print References
Covell, p. 32, plate 3 #4
Salsbury, p. 323--photo of specimen, adult (1)