Manduca sexta

890090.00 — 7775 — Manduca sexta (Linnaeus, 1763) — Carolina Sphinx

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Solanum lycopersicum

Solanum lycopersicum


This species is evidently rare on Block Island, but it is a common pest of tomatoes in much of its range. One of the three records of this species in the present survey was reared from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum).


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Covell Field Guide p.32; Pl. 3(7).
  • Factsheet at Florida Featured Creatures.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Hodges, R. W., 1971. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 21:p. 29; pl. 1.7. order or free PDF
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 40.5m; p. 244. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Bill Oehlke's moth website - Manduca sexta
  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
  • Species page at Moths of North Dakota.
  • Tuttle, J. P., 2007. Hawk Moths of North America: p. 48; pl. 8.4.
  • Wagner, D. L., (2005). Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p. 248.