Caterpillar id

18 Oct

Any bug experts out there? I found this guy in the garden today. At first I thought it was a cabbage worm and was going to feed him to the chickens. But he sure is big for a cabbage worm–and those stripes! Pest or friend? Anyone know what he is? Manny? Har har.

8 Responses to “Caterpillar id”

  1. Loulou October 18, 2007 at 6:29 pm #

    I think I used to find those on my grandfather’s tomato plants.

  2. Whinger October 18, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    It’s a tomato worm. Kill it and kill it now.

    I don’t usually endorse this kind of violence.

  3. brian October 18, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    indeed, tomato horn worm. those things can clean a tomato plant of leaves overnight. so gnarly. give it to the chickens!

  4. Novella Carpenter October 18, 2007 at 6:38 pm #

    wow, it’s the biggest tomato worm i’ve ever seen (like an inch thick). sick!

  5. Riana Lagarde October 19, 2007 at 6:31 am #

    he must have had A LOT of tomato leaves before you found him. Looks like a main course meal for the chickens!

  6. Rebecca October 19, 2007 at 8:47 pm #

    Yikes. Tomato monster. I can’t even look at them without getting nauseated.

  7. Farmgirl Susan October 24, 2007 at 5:16 pm #

    It’s incredible how much tomato hornworms can eat. A single one can decimate half a tomato plant in no time. They’re also amazingly good at camouflaging themselves.

    Hand picking is the easiest way to get rid of them, but it’s really creepy if you’re not wearing gloves. : )

    Feed them to your chickens, and they’ll love you (the chickens, not the worms, hee hee). But trust me, you don’t want to watch them eat! ; )

  8. mscommunikate October 25, 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    I dare you to eat it yourself. Roast it on a stick over a fire. Or fry it in oil with onions – but if you do that, break the skin first so’s it doesn’t explode.

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