A Love/Hate Relationship

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!

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Look at those little chompers!

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.

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This tobacco hornworm, found devouring one of my tomato plants, measured 3 inches long and 3/4 of an inch thick!

All tobacco hornworms are marked with a prominent red horn on their bums.

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Even his bum is cute!

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)

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I am the master of camouflage!
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As he looks at my beautiful tomato plant, I know exactly what he is thinking, “My Precious”!

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!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


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25 thoughts on “A Love/Hate Relationship

  1. I can’t bring myself to love these! They’re all over my tomatoes and make organic gardening difficult. They are beautiful though. I like the way they dance to scare away predators… Excellent post.

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      1. We used to do that, or we would put them in a bucket of water, but we have 128 tomato plants this year and it’s just time I don’t have. I’m simply sharing this year. 😉

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      2. Sounds familiar! I cut back to about 150 plants this year. I can salsa, sauces, etc! So fun! I have 3 teenagers that help with bug checks! 😉


  2. Beautiful photos. I tend to live and let live, these days, especially if they are part of the landscape and not invasive imports.
    Though not as good as bees, butterflies do pollinate.
    Interesting bit on info. Unlike bees, butterflies can see red …. and not only when they get angry either, I presume.

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