Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hornworms Have Arrived

It's that time of the year once again! As the tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, the first hornworm is spotted:


Also notice the yellow egg cluster in the image above. That is from the three lined potato beetle. They mostly stick to the potatoes in the bed across the aisle, but once in a while reach out for new ground.

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  1. Wow when I grew tomatoes I never found hornworms that early. They were always big and fat. I only noticed them because they had eaten so much of a plant that I couldn't not notice.

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    1. I was trimming the lower branches when I spotted a hole in one of the leaves. I flipped it over and found this small hornworm.

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  2. That is the tiniest hornworm I have ever seen. The ones I sometimes get are about as large as my finger.

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    1. Usually I find them much larger after they have consumed more of the plant. I just happened to spot this one. At least now I know to keep a look out for them.

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  3. I've found them too already. But was pleased to see a couple covered with parasites, go parasites! Good that you found this guy so early before the big damage started.

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  4. Luckily at this stage they do minimal damage, but it doesn't take long for them to grow. I never see wasp eggs on hornworms. I wish I did. I can use the help. Although, I do have chickens that will help "dispose" of these pests this year.

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  5. Found a hornworm this week on a pepper plant. It was on a leaf stem and had its jaws clamped so tightly on the stem I couldn't pull or scrape it off.

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    1. Some times they are very difficult to pull off. Of course it isn't easy to grab them wearing gloves.

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