New eggs on tomato plant

mschaetz(7)April 20, 2011

about a day ago these appeared on my tomato plant. I think they could be a hornworm. I have isolated them and would like to attempt to raise them all the way through and release the moths.

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I've never seen hornworm eggs laid in a group like that. Are these eggs pyramid shaped? I found several pyramid shaped eggs on a redbay recently, and, in the past, I was told that they were an undesirable bug. Hornworm eggs always look to me like they're barely attached. Here's a picture I made of a tobacco hornworm egg on a tomato leaf several years ago -

Sherry

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 10:44AM
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mschaetz(7)

They are completely egg shaped. Here are some more photos I just now took. You can see something developing, but I have no idea what. I hope it isn't a stink bug. I so badly want it to be a hornworm.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 12:33PM
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mschaetz(7)

here is a photo taken farther away to give a better idea of their size.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 12:50PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Hmmmm, they don't look familiar to me. Definitely NOT a tobacco or tomato hornworm. Be sure to let us know what they turn out to be....take some more good pictures!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 3:28PM
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mschaetz(7)

After hours googling.... I have come to the conclusion these are sadly leaf footed bug eggs.....

    Bookmark   April 20, 2011 at 3:54PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Awwwwwwwwww......toooo bad. Your pictures are awesome BTW. Maybe you will still get your Hornworm eggs!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 9:14AM
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mschaetz(7)

Thanks! I love to take pictures, but sure do wish they were hornworms! I am just starting to plant the right stuff to attract butterflies. Hopefully by next year I'll have something to really take pics of. :D

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 9:57AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If you have tomato plants, you'll probably end up with some hornworms! Be patient, grasshopper. ;-)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 12:52PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

That's true rhizo! Almost everyone with tomatoes seems to get them. Lots of people would love to give you theirs mschaetz! I like them though.....and what they turn into. I don't mind sharing some of my tomato leaves for them. :)
And I agree........great pics!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 3:49PM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

I usually transfer the caterpillars to my Datura which they will eat as well. These guys can make short shrift of a tomato plant. Have any of you watched a late instar cat consume a leaf? In record time, I tell you! You can even hear them munching away.

I love em and want to keep em because they are such good pollinators.

Susan

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 9:27AM
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mschaetz(7)

I keep looking at my tomato plant every morning and evening.... anxiously waiting.... :D I am still adding host plants for them to lay eggs on (not just for hornworms). Thanks so much for your encouragement.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 10:46PM
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