Tomato Carnage

I thought that the Japanese beetles were the bane of my existence.  However, I have a new pest to dislike:

This little guy is a tomato hornworm, or the caterpilar of the Five-Spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata).  I don’t look at my plant for a couple of days because the weather is awful and I come to discover that some little green nasty is making a buffet of my tomatoes:

I instituted a cultural control, i.e. I removed the offenders and fed them to a friend’s chickens.  In the previous two growing seasons I had yet to encounter these little suckers.  Ugh!

So, this year I have dealt with two major storms that snapped several stems from my plants, a very dry summer, and now a voracious caterpillar that cannot get enough of my tomatoes.

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