Location: Auburn, CA
November 7, 2010 2:20 pm
We found this guy on our Serrano pepper plant a couple months ago, then he disappeared (thought he might have been a spicy treat for a bird), but yesterday we found him and a friend on our adjacent Jalapeno and Anaheim plants. They are 5-6” long. Interested to see what they become. Love your site. Thank you.
Signature: Auburn Jeff
Your caterpillar is a Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta, also known as the Carolina Sphinx. These caterpillars are most frequently found feeding on the leaves of tomato plants, but they will also feed on related plants in the nightshade family including pepper. The individual you found several months ago may have gone underground and metamorphosed and we feel the current caterpillars are different individuals.