Moth found on Porch
Location: Just south of Charlotte, NC
January 5, 2012 11:19 pm
I found this moth on my porch and I didn’t know what sort it is. It was fairly large nearly 2 inches long.
Signature: Karen Oliver-Paull

Carolina Sphinx

Hi Karen,
Though its range is not limited to the Carolinas, this impressive moth is known as the Carolina Sphinx.  The caterpillar is frequently found feeding on the leaves of tomato plants and related solanaceous plants, and it is called the Tobacco Hornworm.  You can read more about the Carolina Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.

Location: North Carolina

3 Responses to Carolina Sphinx

  1. Cesar Crash says:

    The more southern place that Sphingidae of the Americas website says this moth lives is Costa Rica, but I took a picture of this moth in the highest point of São Paulo City in Brazil, the peak of Jaraguá.

  2. Cesar Crash says:

    It is quite possible, even because I said it without comparing the photographs. I’ll do it when I get home. But I just found these PDFs, the subspecies Manduca sexta paphus is listed among the sphingidae of Amazon:
    You can check it out, it has texts in portuguese and english.

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