Carolina Sphinx

Subject: Sphinx Moth?
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
August 14, 2016 8:43 am
Can you identify this huge moth that was hanging out on a moving blanket in our backyard yesterday afternoon? He was at least three inches in length with huge dark eyes and sported a “furry” coat that resembled a rabbit’s. Being that it’s late summer in SoCal, is this what those big, green tomato hornworms morph into?
Signature: Suzanne

Carolina Sphinx
Carolina Sphinx

Dear Suzanne,
You are correct.  This is a Carolina Sphinx,
Manduca sexta, the adult form of the Tobacco Hornworm, the large caterpillars that feed on the leaves of cultivated tomato plants.

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