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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Garden I found this worm on my tomato plants....well not this exact one, ( I didn't stop to photograph him and start being his friend before I dispatched him to a parallel universe or wherever!).... I began to wonder how the worm found my tomato plant....

Apparently this is how.....his parent left him for me.

Tomato hornworm comes from the hawkmoth...larvae stage, I think. The hawkmoth is about the size of a hummingbird. (see photo)
More uninvited visitors this week. Japanese beetles. So far only 2 have shown up on my cucumber leaves. They have been dealt with. I am trying not to use any pesticides....not even SEVIN. So I must be ever vigilant!
The good news is that a few more tomatoes have "set" on my plants. I fed the plants with fish emulsion and have been gently shaking the branches which have blossoms so that pollination will occur....mimicking the movement by wind which is how tomatoes pollinate.
[all images from the Internet]


Mary Timme said...

I've never met a tomato worm I wanted to be friends with either. I'm glad you didn't make friends with him!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know it is time consuming but that is the best way to get rid of pests. They can sure do a lot of damage overnight though. We had some slugs eat several of our marigold plants overnight! So my hubby went out with a flashlight one night and sent them to a parallel universe! heehee! Good luck!

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