Hornworm

tomato hornworm
Holy cow! This guy, and the two others I found, startled the daylights out of me. I've never seen such a huge worm - maybe 3 inches long and 3/4 inch thick. I threw them out in the native prairie. I'd been wondering who was taking bites out of the cherry tomatoes.

3 thoughts on “Hornworm

  1. Carol Howe

    I find these eerily fascinating, although I don’t like them among the tomatoes. They develop into such interesting moths – almost like flying aliens from outer space. You must admit, these are a pretty color and perfectly camouflaging [camouflageing?]

  2. gilmark

    I made my own pesticide out of these critters. I had a blender used only for the purpose of making these concoctions – the tomatoes half eaten and ruined, as many hornworms as you can find, and as much water as needed to sufficiently liquefy the mess. Spray on the tomato plants and I don’t remember having the hornworm problem after that. Or maybe it was just a coincidence and I killed them all.

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