Tobacco Hornworm - (Manduca sexta)
The Tobacco Hornworm Moth is well known to crop farmers where its caterpillar form devastates plants such as tomato and tobacco.
The Tobacco Hornworm becomes the Tobacco Hornworm Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Carolina Sphinx Moth; Tobacco Fly; Six-spotted Sphinx Moth.
The Tobacco Hornworm can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
lime; green; horn; red thorn; tail; black stripes; white stripes; slanted; diagonal; plump; juicy; strong legs; clinging; large; big;eyes; spots; eyespots; green head.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Tobacco Hornworm as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.