Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Hornworms Have Arrived
I've been scouting my tomatoes and peppers knowing that hornworms would arrive any time now. I found some this weekend on my San Marzano tomatoes.
They were at the bottom of the plant where the adult moths tend to lay her eggs. A few chewed holes in the leaves tipped me off. I found the hornworms when I flipped over the leaves. They are very small, only about 1/2 inches or 13 mm long.
I know not to let their small size fool me. Hornworms grow quickly as they consume the the foliage and green tomatoes. It's time to begin daily inspection with gloves and a container of soapy water as my method of destruction.