Hornworms

Found these in the garden today. Hornworms on the tomato plant.

I did not know this until I started reading about how to get rid of hornworms. Horn worms molt. Hornworm eggs are deposited on the surface of foliage, by the sphinx moth also known as the hawk moth. or hummingbird moth. As the worm/caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin. The above photo shows 2 horns, one on the caterpillar and one he/she has left behind with the shed skin.

They have 5 pairs of legs for gripping on to the plant. They are very hard to pull off the plant, but even with all those legs, this hormworm is still doomed.

Because we discovered our fish in the pond just love them. Hornworms don’t like to go swimming with the fishes. :)

Links on hornworms:
Interesting images and info on horn worms and how to control them organicly
http://insects.about.com/od/insectpests/ig/12-Worst-Veggie-Garden-Pests/Hornworms.htm
Some amazing macro shots of the egg and tiny worm hatching
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/butterfly/msg0521143217728.html
An interesting page about the life cycle of a horn worm
http://entomology.unl.edu/k12/caterpillars/hornworm/hornwormpage.html
This page has tons of info on hornworms http://yardener.com/YardenersPlantProblemSolver/DealingWithPestInsects/PestInsectsInTheVegetableGarden/Hornworms

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~ by Meg on July 17, 2011.

2 Responses to “Hornworms”

  1. An interesting little creature – I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one before. Looks like they blend in pretty well with the plants, good natural camouflage!

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