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Tomato hornworm
Photo Credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org Tomato hornworm
Photo Credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

Tomato hornworm
Manduca quinquemaculata
Size: Up to 4 inches long

Where/When: Larva feeds on plants in the nightshade family (Solanaceae), especially tomato. Potato, eggplant and pepper are also attacked. They may also feed on solanaceous weeds, including horsenettle, jimsonweed and nightshade..

Significance: Chews leaves, potentially defoliating entire plants. Older larvae can also damage the fruit.
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