Moth Caterpillar (two photos)
Do you know how to spot a Tomato Hornworm in your garden? Just look for the doo-doo, which you can see on a leaf
at the bottom of this photo. When these caterpillars get
out of control, they can really take a toll on your tomatoes, both
plant and fruit. They have such an innocent "who me?" face but don't be deceived by their sweetness. This was a big
fat one, about 2 inches long. © Carol Davis 9-14-2007
I just noticed this year (2015) that I don't get tomato worms anymore. I had to stop and think what could have caused this
blessing to occur and I came to the conclusion that it must be because of the many European Paper Wasps that live at
my house. They are relentless caterpillar and insects hunters and I watch them every day combing the plants in my
yard looking for food for their young. After I go on a trip they canvass the front of my car for "grilled"
insects that I acquired while driving. I used to see lots of caterpillars on Antelope Island but now I
hardly find any. I wonder how many butterfly larva never make it to the adult stage because of
them. I just don't like those wasps - there are too many of them.
© Carol Davis, 9-14-2007
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