Monday, August 5, 2013

Tomato Horn Worm!

Tomato Horn Worm
When checking the tomatoes the other day, I touched a plant and realized that I wasn't feeling stalk and leaf, but a very large, completely camouflaged tomato horn worm! This was my first experience with one in hand since I was a kid and I forgot how big and fleshy they are. More than 4 inches long, this Manduca quinquemaculata will some day become what is called a Sphinx or Hawk moth. The moth is quite a bit smaller than this voracious eater though. From now on I will look for these huge caterpillars on my solonaceous plants when I see large upper leaves disappearing!

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