Rustic Sphinx

By William T. Hathaway
Rustic Sphinx (Manduca sexta)

Young collectors call this species “salt and pepper.” In its larval stage it is commonly known as the “tobacco hornworm.”

This sphinx moth was found clinging to a wall at a gas station on top of White Oak Mountain alongside US 29, just south of Dry Fork in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Related information is posted on the White-lined Sphinx, the Ash Sphinx, and hornworms.

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