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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tomato Hornworm

I was picking the  tomatoes one day and saw this odd looking caterpillar.  I hate worms and can't stand them but I picked the tomato vine anyway so I can show it to my kids.  My husband researched it on the internet to see what are the white thing on it's back.  As it turned, they are wasp eggs.  This kind of caterpillar is called tomato Hornworm. To better  understand, there is a video below that you can watch.
The video is from youtube, he explains what kind of critter this is.


30 comments:

LV said...

I have seen a lot of worms, but never saw anything like this. Trust the tomatoes were okay.

Lina Gustina said...

My first time to see this. Interesting!

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Eden said...

Great shots.My first time to see caterpillar like this.

LadyD Piano said...

We had them in our tomato patch and hubby scooped them up and put them in a container for our grandson. But I hvae never seen wasp eggs; very interesting! Great discovery.

Nanna said...

I don't care for creepy crawly things much either lol but I think I'd feel sorry for him & pull those eggs off lol!
Helen

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

Oh yuck!!!!

Carver said...

Great shots and idea for H. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

HMMM. What an odd thing.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Hornworms have got to be the ugliest things around.
I didn't know that they were hosts to wasp eggs. Very interesting.

Leslie: said...

Creepy, but I probably would have done the same as you did. :D

Leslie
abcw team

Amiko Pieris said...

what a worm! Never seen a worm like this before!

Jama said...

This is the first time I've seen such worm, thanks for sharing!

Mara said...

So, it's a worm with wasp eggs on its back? Eww! That poor worm.

Sivinden said...

Nice shots - very interesting!

Martha said...

One year my parents had dozens of tomato hornworms in their tomato patch. They picked off and squished worm after worm. Had us kids not found the droppings and inquired as to what they were, the entire patch would have been devoured by morning.

(I was petrified of tomato plants for years afterward. Thanks for the memory. I'll be watching for them when I pick my tomatoes tomorrow...)

Rajesh said...

Fantastic set of captures.

Adin B said...

We have tomato plants in our garden and I have never seen one before. Oh my heavens! What an interesting creature. Beautiful in its own way mommy.

joy said...

first time I saw this. Very interesting!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures and what an interesting worm!!! I've never seen one like it before either!! Hope you have a great weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

funky!!!

Dhemz Apdian - Dias said...

that is really bizarre...meron talagang ganon sis ano? very interesting! tapang mo kaya.

eileeninmd said...

I have never seen these worms, thanks for sharing. Great shots.

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are great and that's a fascinating nature lesson. Thanks for sharing them. Parasitic wasps huh? Nature's way I know but oh dear. I learned something new today and the video was interesting too, thanks so much.

Danielle said...

Very creepy but it sure does photograph well ;)

Powell River Books said...

How interesting. As much as I don't like Hornworms around tomato plants, I hate to see them used in this way. - Margy

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Fascinating capture and great science lesson.

Chubby Chieque said...

What a great captured!

Hornworms is ready to lay her eggs for the next season.

Enjoy your SSS2 day and have a blissful day.
/Chie

Jane said...

Funny looking creature, don't think I like the sound of Wasps eggs either.

Carletta said...

I've learned something today Rose even if it was a little yucky to think about. :)
Thanks for sharing!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

We have those in our garden,If it can turn into a moth, it will be a humming bird moth. A moth that is often mistaken for a humming bird.

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