Grade Level: 5 - 12 Age Range: 10 - 19 Lesson Length: 1 class
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.
The Manduca sexta pictures in the Attachment section below are from The Richard B. Dominick Moth and Butterfly Collection