Tomato Hornworm Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)
A close up photo of the new growth tips of three different cocoplum varieties
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sphinx moth


How to Cite

Byron, Morgan A., and Jennifer Lynn Gillett-Kaufman. 2018. “Tomato Hornworm Manduca Quinquemaculata (Haworth) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Sphingidae): EENY700/IN1206, 1/2018”. EDIS 2018 (2). Gainesville, FL.


The tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth), is a common garden pest that feeds on plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family including tomato, peppers, eggplant, and potato.


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