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The Manduca Project


Manduca sexta

    About the MP

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Eggs & Diet

World of Insects
     Life without them
So many of them
    Secrets of their success
    Family tree
    Major insect order
Insect Anatomy

World of Manduca
    In research
    Life cycle
The egg

    The larva
    The pupa
    The adult

Rearing Manducas
    What you need
   Care and Feeding
Building larva box
Constructing rearing box
Preparing diet

    Lesson plans
    Coloring book (English)
Coloring book (Spanish)

    English/Spanish vocab.
    Web resources

Print Manual

Science of the day award

image of the 3 stages of the life of a Manduca sexta The tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta is a wonderful experimental animal that is used in the study of a diverse array of biological problems at research institutions around the world. This insect has proven invaluable for helping to answer questions ranging in topic from basic ecology and growth, to neurobiology, muscle physiology and the biochemistry of camouflage.

Eduardo picking a Manduca larva from a tomato plantThe Manduca Project is based in student explorations of Manduca sexta, and has proven that this insect is important not only as a research subject, but also as a strong bridge between scientists and students.

Dr. Wells with a student in the classroomTo date, thousands of students have studied Manduca sexta in the classroom, designing experiments, composing poetry and songs, writing daily entries in their journals, and even involving family members.

We have high hopes that teachers using these materials will continue to share their ideas with us and with each other, especially as we increase our efforts to introduce it to a wider audience across the Internet.


Gallery of pictures of Eduardo with Manduca sexta

Students' letters to Dr. Wells

Strange love: How I learned to stop worrying and love the worm

The Manduca Project Workshop, Summer 2002 photos


The Manduca Project
The University of Arizona
Revised: July 27, 2001

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