Manduca sexta: Caterpillar Dissection

Grade Level: 5 - 12 Age Range: 10 - 19 Lesson Length: 1 class
M.sexta during dissection

The Carolina Sphinx Moth, Manduca sexta, spends its youth or larval phase as a Tobacco Hornworm. Students observe and dissect a Manduca sexta caterpillar to learn about the structure and function of an invertebrate nervous system.

Manduca sexta Wax Model is a great way to lead up to this lesson.

Helpful Link: The Manduca Project, University of Arizona http://www.biology.arizona.edu/

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