Carolina Sphinx Moth

I have the summer evening flowering moon flower at several locations in my landscape.  One moth that really likes moon flower is the Carolina Sphinx Moth (Manduca sexta).  The large all-green caterpillar is known as the tobacco hornworm.

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I observed the moth at the threshold of my garage door last evening, and which is located next to a patch of night blooming moon flower.

This is a large moth with large fore-wings and orange-yellow spots along the abdomen.  They are strong flyers and have rapid wing beats.

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Adults are nectar feeders and fly at dusk.

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This species is native to the United States, and this maps shows the location of where the tobacco sphinx moth occurs, with Maryland looking like a hot spot.

 

 

 

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