Monday, August 1, 2011

Green Caterpillars on my Tomato Plants!

I was out in the garden tending to my cucumber plants that starting getting so heavy that the bamboo they were leaning on started to fall over when I came across something disturbing.  After tending to the cucumber plant, I started to check on my tomatoes.  Between weather and that the fact that they got much taller then I expected, they too started falling over and bending in the main branch.  Well I was looking to see if I needed to prop another part of the plant up when I almost put my hand right onto a big green caterpillar.  When I saw it, I thought well ok I will spray later.  Figured one caterpillar wouldn't be so bad.  So then I looked at another part of the plant and there was another caterpillar!! Yikes, I don't like where this is going! Well I ended up finding a few of these green guys on a couple of the tomato plants.  So I googled them to see what they may be.  I found out that I have tomato hornworms or some are calling them the greenhorn worm.  It is a caterpillar that changes to be a nice size moth so I have read.  I ordinarily wouldn't mind the little green hornworms hanging out but from what I understand, they can do a lot of damage to the plants foliage.  I have read that the best way to get rid of them is to pick them off but I may just spray the plants tonight after the sun is off the plants.  Maybe I will pick off the ones I can see.  My plants are getting huge so I may not see all of them as they are hiding under the leaves.  So if you see green caterpillars like these, they can eat a good amount of your plant so I have read!

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