As many of you know, I have a passion for Mother Nature and all of her creatures. Although, I must admit, I do enjoy some more than others. For insistence, I find the tobacco hornworm completely adorable…in any garden but mine! He has such a sweet little face and brilliant color, but he will clear a tomato plant in seconds!
August is the magical month when these very large and in charge caterpillars move in to our vegetable garden. This worm, filled with neon green juices, is one of the largest caterpillars found in North America.
All tobacco hornworms are marked with a prominent red horn on their bums.
More than 120 species occur in North America, but only two (the tobacco hornworm and tomato hornworm) are considered serious pests. Although these two pests appear very similar, they can easily be differentiated. The tobacco hornworm has 7 diagonal white stripes along the sides of the body, where as the tomato hornworm has a series of v-shaped white markings along the sides of the body. I am blessed to have the tobacco hornworm and his family, residing among the tomatoes! (grumble-grumble)
Here is a little live hornworm action…
I know there are more family members in the garden, hiding and feasting! I wish them a lovely time and a full belly, until I find them!
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