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The Five-spotted Hawk-moth (Manduca quinquemaculata) is a species of moth in the Sphingidae family.


The adult of this species is a large moth, and is most similar to the Convolvulus Hawkmoth, but is distinguished by several factors. The most obvious is the face this species has bold yellow spots on the side of the abdomen, which are shown if the species is disturbed, and sometimes at rest. The caterpillar feeds on tomato and tobacco, and gives it it;s other name of the Tomato Hornworm.


An American species, this large insect has been accidently imported to Britain on very few occasions.