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Goliath Worm (Manduca sexta) This is actually two individuals. They had completely defoliated/destroyed my Serrano peppers (Capsicum annuum). I relocated them in hopes they won&#039;t destroy the rest of my plants, but I could never harm these amazing creatures!<br />
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Goliath Worm (Manduca sexta)

This is actually two individuals. They had completely defoliated/destroyed my Serrano peppers (Capsicum annuum). I relocated them in hopes they won't destroy the rest of my plants, but I could never harm these amazing creatures!

Goliath Worm (Manduca sexta) This is actually two individuals. They had completely defoliated/destroyed my Serrano peppers (Capsicum annuum).  I relocated them in hopes they won't destroy the rest of my plants, but I could never harm these amazing creatures!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/121658/goliath_worm_manduca_sexta.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/121657/goliath_worm_manduca_sexta.html Geotagged,Goliath worm,Manduca sexta,Summer,United States

Goliath Worm (Manduca sexta) This is actually two individuals. They had completely defoliated/destroyed my Serrano peppers (Capsicum annuum). I relocated them in hopes they won't destroy the rest of my plants, but I could never harm these amazing creatures!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/121659/goliath_worm_manduca_sexta.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/121658/goliath_worm_manduca_sexta.html Geotagged,Goliath worm,Manduca sexta,Summer,United States

    comments (8)

  1. Wow! What an absolute stunner, beautifully captured Lisa. Posted 8 days ago
    1. Thanks, Claire. I'm still not sure if they are cute, derpy, or creepy. :D Maybe a bit of all three? Posted 8 days ago
      1. All three, absolutely! Posted 8 days ago
  2. This series is top notch, both the creature and the amazing quality of the capture. You should be very proud of it, poster material. Posted 8 days ago
    1. Thank you T_T You are too kind! I had someone say it was NatGeo worthy this week too. It really means a lot!

      Posted 8 days ago
  3. Great photos! It's such a cutie <3. Posted 7 days ago
  4. This is amazing Lisa, congratulations :-) Posted 5 days ago
  5. Amazing-the detail is spectacular! Great capture! Posted 3 days ago

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''Manduca sexta'' is a moth of the family Sphingidae present through much of the American continent. Commonly known as the tobacco hornworm and the goliath worm, it is closely related to and often confused with the very similar tomato hornworm; the larvae of both feed on the foliage of various plants of the family Solanaceae.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Sep 14, 2021. Captured Sep 13, 2021 10:48 in 227 Oakman Rd NE, Oakman, GA 30732, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/13.0
  • 1/99s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm