No-mess lizard IPM ;-)
The high tech IPM system for Cabbage Loopers and Armyworms works like this:
I spend a half-hour every morning in the joy of watching my tomato plants grow and looking for pests and disease while I'm at it. Armyworms are the most brutal but Cabbage Loopers the most numerous.
This is the IPM strategy in partnership with Cuban Anolis lizard interns:
Pick off caterpillar.
Put in lizard plate.
Put plate near lizard.
Caterpillar loops or does hula dance in a daze.
Eagle-eyed intern see movement.
Intern runs at top speed ending with a long jump and grabs Cabbage Looper in its jaws head-first.
Everyone feels satisfied.
Then lizard eases it down its throat making human facial expressions of delight. When the mouthful is too big, it even closes its eyes - same as a human reflex to swallowing a horse pill.
I forgot lizards' special plate so the pics are on a brick. Special acknowlegements to Liz the Lizard and Lou the Looper who kindly volunteered. I usually put a bunch of cats on the plate and when I'm done put it out and several lizards come to party, even though they normally are pretty territorial.