from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva of the potato-sphinx.
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The potato-worm often feeds on the leaves of the tobacco plant in the Northern States.
Southern States, in Mexico and the West-Indies, the true potato-worm is unknown, and it is the tobacco-worm that the tobacco-grower has to fight.
~The Potato-Worm~, (_Sphinx 5-maculata_, Haworth.) -- This well-known insect, the larva of which (Fig. 3,) is usually called the potato-worm, is more common on the closely allied tomato, the leaves of which it often clears off very completely in particular spots in a single night.
The potato-worm, however, is never known to injure the potato crop to any serious extent.
When full-fed, which is usually about the last of August, the potato-worm burrows under the ground, and shortly afterward transforms into the pupa state, (Fig. 5.)