Tomato Hornworm Standout!
Last week I found and snipped the short stalk of tomato with a hornworm eating. Medium sized.
I took the stalk,worm and all to the opposite end where a volunteer grape tomato plant was sprawled. Lost track of him but leafless stalks showed he'd continued feeding.
I don't know why I moved that worm..I usually squish them.
I found that worm today, an absolute standout of white among all the green.
Never in my so many years of gardening have I seen a tomato hornworm so thickly covered in parasitic wasp egg/larval cases.
Natch, no camera.
Hornworms didn't come out here as early as usual this year and just maybe their appearance coincided with the brachonid wasp arrival (brachonid..is that correct?)
It sure reminded me of Dad explaining that 'that worm' needed to stay on the tomato plant when I was a kid squishing TW.