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 for Sphinx quinquemaculata
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tomato \To*ma"to\, n.; pl. Tomatoes. [Sp. or Pg. tomate, of
     American Indian origin; cf. Mexican tomail.] (Bot.)
     The fruit of a plant of the Nightshade family ({Lycopersicum
     esculentun); also, the plant itself. The fruit, which is
     called also love apple, is usually of a rounded, flattened
     form, but often irregular in shape. It is of a bright red or
     yellow color, and is eaten either cooked or uncooked.
     [1913 Webster]
     Tomato gall (Zool.), a large gall consisting of a mass of
        irregular swellings on the stems and leaves of grapevines.
        They are yellowish green, somewhat tinged with red, and
        produced by the larva of a small two-winged fly
        ({Lasioptera vitis).
     Tomato sphinx (Zool.), the adult or imago of the tomato
        worm. It closely resembles the tobacco hawk moth. Called
        also tomato hawk moth. See Illust. of Hawk moth.
     Tomato worm (Zool.), the larva of a large hawk moth
        ({Manduca quinquemaculata, Protoparce quinquemaculata,
        Sphinx quinquemaculata, or Macrosila quinquemaculata)
        which feeds upon the leaves of the tomato and potato
        plants, often doing considerable damage. Called also
        tomato hornworm and potato worm, and in the Southern
        U. S. tobacco fly.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

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