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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: 994-995.



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March 1999