Green Gooey Caterpillars!
Today, while watering my tomato plant, I found 3 large (about the size of my thumb) green, slimey, striped caterpillars with a red horn not unlike a unicorn's hanging from the branches. I'm assuming that they're baddy bads...ie. the culprits who are munching the leaves of my tomato plant? So I plucked them off and threw them into the trash bin. Also, something is laying little black seeds on the tops of the leaves...wonder what that's all about?
What surprised me was, the caterpillars seemed nonplussed by full sunlight and heat (it's already about 93 F here in CenPho), because they were all hanging from the highest branches. Is this the norm? Or should I also try to inspect the shady lower areas for these guys? They camouflage really well, don't they?! Sneaky critters!
Finally, I have some diatomaceous (sp?) earth I could try...are they immune to the stuff? Or should I just keep plucking them off? I don't like to use chemical pesticides on my food. :)
Any advice would be appreciated!