4 Tomato hornworm
Tomatoes, peppers, Cultivate soil in fall to tobacco expose overwintering pupae to birds and frost.
Other plant-boosters include borage, which deters tomato hornworm
, clover, which encourages nitrogen into soil, and spearmint, which helps to discourage aphids when planted near roses.
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.
We noticed the absence of any potato, squash, or cucumber beetles, and for the first year, not one tomato hornworm
! Something in the symbiosis of this garden is working.
2008), southern green stinkbug, Nezara viridula (L.) (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.
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
. Graduate students pass out crispy insect treats like waxworm puffs and deep-fried crickets.
It's a tomato hornworm
or the closely-related tobacco hornworm.
From left: a hover fly pollinating a bloom; parasitic wasp eggs on a tomato hornworm
; an aphid-eating ladybug larvae.
Most gardeners recognize and value the efforts of solitary parasite wasps, such as braconid wasps, feeding on tomato hornworm
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.
Pests: Tomato hornworm
feeds on foliage and may nibble on fruit.