Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Tobacco Hornworm Attacks

Watering my tomatoes this morning, I found this. It's a tobacco hornworm, the caterpillar form of the hummingbird moth. I will be watching for more, and if I am infested I will have to buy some Bacillus thuringiensis and visit plague upon the little buggers.

It is cool looking, though. Bob and I were quite interested and looked it up and everything. It's tempting to try to make a horror movie out of the thing, except it won't move. It just clings to it's tomato stalk.


Blogger jesswynne said...

Which end is up? The horned end? The other end looks like it has teeth.

May 14, 2009 10:45 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

The 'teeth,' Bob informs me are really the true legs which will turn into legs when the caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The horned ind is just for show.

Well, was. This caterpillar will never become a butterfly because Bob fed it to a grackle. Cause that's the way he rolls.

May 14, 2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Bob, that's just heartless.

May 14, 2009 8:08 PM  
Blogger irongoddess said...

WOW! If you're going to be nefarious, at least you should look as cool as this guy.

And of course, Bob rocks. Because now you, the tomato plants, AND the grackle are happy. It's just a grackle eat caterpillar world.

May 19, 2009 8:18 PM  
Blogger SquidgePa said...

In case you haven't used Bacillus thuringiensis before... the stuff smells TERRIBLE. We had a bad web worm infestation back in Chicago. In the middle of summer the trees resembled nakie 'winter' trees. Hope you don't have to use it.
^_^ Julie

May 24, 2009 9:12 PM  
Blogger Moxie58 said...

I was midway between being horrified when I saw my first one of those... but also curiously proud, because DAMN, my backyard actually GREW something that BIG?

Also hummingbird moths are damn cool.

May 30, 2009 7:50 AM  
Blogger evaberlinerin said...

Just a comment to say that I love the pic you choose to illustrate your article! Thanks for your posts!

Eva from Hauptstadtreisen

June 11, 2009 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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August 14, 2009 9:46 AM  
Blogger Steven Gould said...

My chickens would've adored the caterpillar, too.

I feed them large cockroaches and it's like a football game cause they can't swallow them whole and when the drop them to peck them apart, the other chickens gram them and run. Or they steel them right out of each others mouth.

It really needs commentary by one of those Spanish speaking Soccer play-by-play guys.


September 06, 2009 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow... it looks like that leaf..

June 21, 2010 9:56 PM  
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i cant see the hornworm ... it looks the same with the leave...

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