Return to the Wildlife Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

Posted by nopeda123 GA (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 6, 13 at 13:45

I'm container growing tomatoes and noticed droppings on the ground. Then noticed that leaves were being devoured and went on to learn that it was tobacco hornworms:

http://tammysrecipes.com/tomato_hornworms

and the mother is a sphinx moth. Since it's a called a tobacco worm instead of the tomato worm, does that mean they like tobacco better than tomatoes? I'm wondering if I can plant a tobacco plant or two and the mothers will lay their eggs on them instead of on the tomatoes. Does anyone know if they like tobacco, or anything else, better than tomatoes?

Thanks for any help!
David


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

David, the tomato/tobacco hornworms can be found on pretty much any plant in the Solanaceae family.....tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, pepper, eggplant, and even some Solanaceous weeds.

I predict that if you plant tobacco seeds you will have these hornworms on your tobacco AND tomato plants.

The key to preventing a lot of damage is to expect these insects to show up and to be on the lookout for the eggs. Smush them and you'll not have to worry.


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

> The key to preventing a lot of damage is to expect these
> insects to show up and to be on the lookout for the
> eggs. Smush them and you'll not have to worry.

Where do you look for the eggs? I have enough trouble finding the 3 inch long worms. It only happened once this year, and I found 7 or 8 about 3 inches long and one that was only about an inch. I believe that got all of them because I've seen no more droppings and no more devourestation. But how do you find the eggs?


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

The eggs look like tiny, round pearls and are found on the upper and lower surface of the leaves. The adults deposit them one at a time, never in clusters.

They are very small....like the head of a pin. The baby caterpillar hatches from those eggs, which should tell you how long they have been feeding on your tomatoes to get that large. It pays to be observant.

My advice to you is to Google Tobacco Hornworm Eggs. You'll find many educational links with lots and lots of pictures. Knowledge is power.


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

Rhizo,

I wonder if you can tell me what laid a cluster of small white eggs on the underside of a leaf on my tomato plant? I should've taken a picture but tossed it out quickly. The hornworm eggs are laid individually, right?

Thanks
Nerry


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

Nerry, T. Hornworm eggs are deposited individually. The cluster of white eggs could be from a number of possibilities. The exceedingly common brown marmorated stinkbug comes to mind first.

Unless some magnification is offered, it can be difficult to ID a cluster of 'small white eggs ' from a photo.


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

OMG- You sure do your insects' laying habits:-) Do you know, I've been plagued with stinkbugs ALL summer. I chase them away and they come back... I'm pretty sure they belonged to one of those stinkies. Now another one, twice something's laid a brown chain of eggs onto the stems of my herbs, namely parsley and oregano. It looks like a row of hemstitch. Any ideas? Many thanks, Rhizo.


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

The Black Swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes) lays eggs on parsley, but usually one at a time on the underside of the parsley leaves (as well as dill, fennel, rue, Zizia, carrot, etc.)


 o
RE: What do sphinx moths love to lay eggs on?

Thanks Terrene but I think this was something else that laid those eggs...


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Wildlife Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here