Photo credit: Extension Entomology, Texas A&M University
Scientific name: Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth)
Facts: Tomato hornworms are large (some as long as 4 inches), green caterpillars with diagonal white bars on the sides and a slender horn at the tip of the body. Adults have long, sucking tubes for mouthparts, while larvae have chewing mouthparts. Larvae and adults often are confused with the tobacco hornworm it closely resembles. The tobacco hornworm feeds on the same plants and sometimes is more common than the tomato hornworm.
Last evening Mickey and I were on a mission. Our tomato plants were looking...bad. Not just because of the heat but because we knew they had been invaded by hornworms... Within a 15 minute period we plucked a dozen of these vine eaters off our precious plants. Tonight I will be spraying a gentle insecticidal soap and then fertilizing. The heat has been terrible for our little garden. These worms aren't helping a thing!!
This weekend Miss Rita will be sheared...