Hornworms from Hell
This is my first year gardening so every new pest is new to me. One day as I was examining one of my few tomato plants, I saw some eggs on the underside of the leaves. I plucked off all the ones that I could see and continued to monitor the plant.
I skipped gardening ONE DAY and in that time all of the leaves off my biggest plant were eaten and a smaller plant was completely devastated. The culprit was hornworms, of course.
I found four of these critters and gave them to my daughter to put in her bug house with explicit instructions not to let them loose. They spent the night outside in their new home.
The next morning I went out with the secret intent to squash all four bugs before they could do anymore damage only to find that THEY HAD EATEN THEIR WAY OUT of the bug box. Is there no stopping these guys?