Carolina Sphinx Moth (three photos)
"Six-spotted Sphinx Moth
Caterpillar = "Tobacco Hornworm"
This large beautiful moth (found by Sheryl Hohle in her barn at Saratoga Springs, Utah) in the caterpillar
stage (known locally as a Tomato Worm) likes to munch on your tomatoes and other garden favorites.
It's benign in the adult stage, except for making more baby Tomato Worms. © Sheryl Hohle 6-24-2017
Moths like this one can be every bit as beautiful as a butterfly. We don't get to see a lot of them
because moths like to fly at night. © Sheryl Hohle 6-24-2017
Its cousin, Manduca quinquemaculatus, in the caterpillar stage is also known here as the "Tomato Worm"
and we have both of these species in Utah. You can read about the caterpillars, and how to tell the difference
in the two species, on Bugguide. Thanks, Sheryl, for sharing these gorgeous photographs! © Sheryl Hohle 6-24-2017
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