Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tobacco Hornworm in the Driveway


This past Tuesday, I spotted this tobacco hornworm  ambling across our driveway in Grand Junction. 

I've always thought of these as tomato hornworms, but when I looked this one up to verify the identification, I discovered that the tomato hornworms (Manduca quinquemaculata) are actually a little different. This one is a tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta)

It was out looking for a spot to dig into the ground and pupate. I took a few pictures and then put it into the snake terrarium. Within 30 seconds it had already dug itself into the ground. Hopefully we'll see a tobacco hornworm moth in a few weeks.