eating tops of tomatoes

gardeninpa01July 24, 2012

any idea what this HUGE bug is? i noticed yesterday the tops of one tomato plant were eaten off (fenced in garden). today i found these 2 guys!

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ejh805(8b)

That, my friend is a Tomato Horn Worm.
Cute as it may be (in my opinion) you must pick it off and squish it. It's a caterpillar that will absolutely decimate your plants with its aggressive appetite.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 5:21PM
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luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)

I think that it's the caterpillar of those cute little white butterflies that's always in the garden. Maybe someone can varify this? luke

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 5:59PM
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2ajsmama

Nope, those are cabbage loopers. The moth that the hornworm turns into is this one:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 6:04PM
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luke_oh(zone 5 NE Ohio)

I was wrong.....It's the larve of the large 5 spotted hawk moth. I feel better now. luke

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 6:06PM
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2ajsmama

I picked 2 off one of my BW last weekend, saw another that wasp had laid eggs on so left it - the guy's still there today, and 2 little greenies got chewed. Big poopies - I don't know if there's another one on that plant, they're good at hiding. Don't see any signs on other plants (yet). Guess I gotta get a black light bulb for flashlight and go out at night.

Luke - those little white butterflies lay eggs that turn into little green inchworms that destroy cole crops - so check your cabbage, etc. if you have any planted.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 6:12PM
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