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Is this a tomato worm?

Posted by future_farmer zone 8-9, CA (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 20, 06 at 15:32

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It showed up on my front door a few days ago and I'm not sure what it is. I thought it looked kind of like a tomato worm when I looked at it, but I'm not sure. It doesn't have any horns, so I'm not sure that it is. The odd thing is that I don't have any tomatoes this year. Well, I have one tomato that my mom bought from a nursery, but it has probably died by now because it didn't get planted; it's nowhere near my front door, though. I couldn't get a better picture because the next day it turned into this.

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That is a cocoon, right? I don't know what else it would be. I'm sorry if I've posted this on the wrong forum; I'm just trying to figure out what this little bug is or was.

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RE: Is this a tomato worm?

Not a Tobacco or Tomato Hornworm... As you noted, it doesn't have the "horns" and it also appears to have sparse hairs which would also rule out the possibility. Hornworms also generally pupate under soil or leaf litter and don't hang their "cocoons" like your specimen has...


RE: Is this a tomato worm?

Keep it in a jar with cheesecloth across the top, and see what it hatches out into. :)

It doesn't look like any of the caterpillars I know of.


RE: Is this a tomato worm?

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 20, 06 at 23:19

White cabbage butterfly. AKA imported white cabbageworm. The caterpillars specialize on crucifers (cabbage family).

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