Birds eat the berries of poison ivy and the tomato hornworm
eats the leaves of the tomato, but we know to avoid any contact with poison ivy and a human should never eat the leaves of tomato plants.
Hemiptera: Pentantomidae), Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say) (Co leoptera: Chrysomelidae), tomato hornworm
, Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae), and silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aley rodidae) (Habeck et al.
The hawk moth -- which, in its larval or caterpillar form is known as the tomato hornworm
-- has a long proboscis that is especially well-suited to harvesting the nectar found at the base of Brugmansia's trumpet flowers.
While some members of the Berytidae family are beneficial and prey on crop pests such as aphids, mites, cotton budworm, and tomato hornworm
, others are serious pests of tomato, cotton, and cacao.
Children stand in line for a chance to hold a docile tarantula or get nose-to-nose with a 5-inch tomato hornworm
Most gardeners recognize and value the efforts of solitary parasite wasps, such as braconid wasps, feeding on tomato hornworm
Some popular hosts include the eggs of the: gypsy moth, codling moth, tomato hornworm
, cabbage looper, imported cabbage worm and European corn borer.
The hawk moth - which, in its larval or caterpillar form is known as the tomato hornworm
- has a long proboscis that is especially well-suited to harvesting the nectar found at the base of Brugmansia's trumpet flowers.
The most common is the Tomato Hornworm
, a big (three-inch long), fat (1/3-inch across) green-colored worm with a single horn curving upward at the top of its head.
The flower does resemble a giant moth, similar to the one that metamorphoses from that enormous green tomato hornworm
Watch him prepare Fried Green Tomato Hornworm
or Sweet and Sour Silkworm and taste the results.
You will discover the magnificent tomato hornworm
and the parasitic wasps that lay their eggs on its back.