Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta

Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta
Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta
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Carolina Sphinx Moth Manduca sexta 

It is years since these have been available.

A large Hawkmoth from North America. The moths breed in captivity if given nectar plants and larval foodplant to lay on.  The larvae feed on most Solanacae which include Nightshades, Solanum shrubs, Potato, Peppers and Tomato. The larvae will also feed on tomato fruit and on peppers.

Alternative recorded foodplants include: Canna lillies, Oilseed Rape, Mustard, Radish, Chinese Cabbage, Turnip, Bok choi, Savoy Cabbage, Cowpea, Eucalyptus, Lettuce, Fig, Goji berry, Devils Claw, Pelargoniums - Geraniums! and Sesame. [Information kindly reported to us by Bernard Betts]

The moth is large and not dissimilar to the Convolvulous Hawk in its pattern, but the abdomen has bright yellow markings down the sides.

 

 

In summer conditions moths are produced again in the same season, for two or more broods. Winter is passed in the pupal stage.

The pupae have a wonderful external proboscis, like a jug handle!