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Raising Manduca sexta
To begin working with tobacco hornworms, we recommend
using Carolina Biological
Supply's instructions for raising Manduca sexta.
Many additional variations on their system are possible.
For more information on the life cycle of M.
sexta, please see our Life
Cycle Stages page. For information on some of the
equipment we use to raise M. sexta, see our Sources
of Materials page.
If you would like to learn more about raising M.
sexta, you might find some of these papers helpful:
- Baumhover, A.H. 1985. Manduca sexta.
In: Handbook of Insect Rearing, 2nd edition (P.
Singh and R.F. Moore, editors). USDA?, pp. 387-400.
- Baumhover, A.H., W.W. Cantelo, J.M. Hobgod, Jr., C.M.
Knott, and J.J. Lam, Jr. 1977. An improved method for
mass rearing the tobacco hornworm. ARS-S-167, 13 pp.
- Madden, A.H., and F.S. Chamberlin. 1945. Biology of
the tobacco hornworm in the southern cigar tobacco
district. USDA Technical Bulletin No. 896. 51 pp.
- Stewart, P.A., A.H. Baumhover, L.S. Bennett, and J.M.
Hobgood, Jr. 1970. A method of sexing larvae of tobacco
and tomato hornworms. J. Econ. Entomol. 63:
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