I have not been on here, since mid 2006, but wish to reconnect with all my old friends here. I really miss Susan Lynne, OkieDawn, Wheat Whacker to name a few.
TomatoWorm + "I'm Back!" = I automatically threw a bottle of Bt at my monitor.
Welcome back! ;-)
I was the same way. Just reading the title was enough to cause bad night mares let alone opening it and reading the post. Did cause me to check my tomato plants closer yesterday.
Welcome back although I wasn't around the first time you were. If you know anything about gardening in the desert please share with me. I'm beginning to wonder if I do. LOL. Jay
Diane just made me laugh until my sides hurt.
Tomato Worm, you were before my time, but I am happy to see you.
Brace yourself! She's going to start telling you to stop killing the tomato hornworms we all know that you love so very much. ; )
Dawn hope she is up for a good fight!!!!! They have their place just not in my garden!!!!! Jay
I haven't had a single one in the garden all year, but I have the moths everywhere. I'm assuming they're eating some of the native nightshades.
I haven't had any since that real hard rain 3 weeks or so ago. Not sure why that would have anything to do with it. But if they come back I would gladly send you both some COD. LOL. Jay
Dawn, I found 21 baby hornworms [all sextas] on some old growth tomato plants I tore out last weekend. I have cukes planted in the bed now. My new tomatoes are in a different bed, where I tore out the old, played out cucumbers, July 2.
Yes, tender loving care combing over those leaves and stems. At least half the cats were well under 1", a couple just 12-24 hours old. The biggest was only 2.5" and was first to finish. I lost 2 of them to illness, but NOT parasites. I have two ice cream buckets with dirt and pupae in them, along with sticks for the new moths to climb on for proper wing development. I will release the moths.
Yes, I'm blessed with an abundance of silver, black nightshades, Carolina horsenettle and ground cherry on which to feed my little pets.
Yes, it is against my religion ot kill any hornworm, except the catalpa sphinx cats, which come on, en masse. Those are NOT pests, they are a resource! They are for fishing and special treats for my chickens. Of course, some are captive-reared and released later. This protects them from the parasitoids.
Dawn, did you get my message about your tomatoes?