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Sneaky little critters! [Carolina sphinx]]

Posted by TomatoWorm59 none (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 2, 11 at 22:48

Today, I found 3 more [L2 stage] Carolina sphinx cats on 3 of my tomato plants. My first brood is still in pupa. All three of my found cats were fixed and ready to molt, so I cannot move them until they do molt. I have a rather large, new growth [big leaves] ground cherry saved back with their name on it, too.

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RE: Sneaky little critters! [Carolina sphinx]]

Congrats! They're good at hiding.
I just assumed that there was only one type Hornworm that ate tomatoes but I did some googling and mine have a reddish tail so I think they're actually Tobacco Hornworms.

RE: Sneaky little critters! [Carolina sphinx]]

I found 2 more, a couple of days later. No frass, so I guess they had also been molting and inactive. I moved all 5 cats to the peppers to finish, then brought them inside, Friday. I did not have to wait long before they all quit eating so I gave them a fresh box of moist peat medium and all but two, began burrowing immediately. Only one had changed color, though. Two hours later, the last cat was under the peat. I will diapause these pupae.

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