18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

It took me a few days to find the critter eating the cherry tomatoes in my backyard container. This is a tobacco hornworm (scientific name Manduca sexta) with his head buried in the tomato and a reddish horn protruding from the other end of his body. Although not a favorite with gardeners as this pest is voracious and can destroy entire plants, it is hard to deny how beautifully and perfectly he fits in with his natural surroundings. It reminded my kids of the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2020
Date Uploaded: 07.2020
Photo Location: Columbus, Georgia, United States of America
Camera: iPhone XR
Copyright: © Neha Potini