Subject: Huge bug on tomato plant
July 9, 2012 10:54 am
I have no idea what this is. It looks like an enormous moth. I saw it this morning on my tomato plant. It didn’t fly away when I got close to it. It just clung to the leaf and was perfectly still.
My images aren’t real good because I took with my tablet.
This is one of two species of Sphinx Moth or Hawkmoth in the genus Manduca. It is either the Carolina Sphinx or the Five Spotted Hawkmoth. Both are found in Minnesota and both have large caterpillars known as Hornworms that feed on the leaves of tomato and related plants.
Thank you for your quick response. I kind of thought that is what it might be after looking at some images and information on the web. Does the adult do any damage?
The odd this is that when I got home, it was still on the plant. All the articles I read said that these guys aren’t often seen because they come out at dusk. It was very bright and sunny in this location. I thought it might be dead and even pushed the planted around a bit to see if it would move. It didn’t move an inch, but it finally left after I moved away. Also, I took some better pics.
Here is the link
I have another one that I was hoping you could help with.
The other critter is a Grapevine Beetle.