12 comments on “The Worm

  1. The plant is pretty much gone now.  We are just letting them hang around and see what happens.  Kinda like a science experiment but don't have to turn it in.  Snipping them in half might be fun.

  2. Wow … we don't have those caterpillars in England.  We have some very similar, the Privet Hawkmoth, the Lime Hawkmoth and the Poplar Hawkmoth are three that I can think of off the top of my head, but they don't eat vegetables!  As their names suggest, they eat privet, lime trees (not the fruit, the other kind – the linden) and poplar.

    I don't think they actually appear suddenly, they're just very, very good at hiding till they've eaten too many leaves!

  3. They can destroy a tomato plant in no time.  I use Bacillus thuringiensis to prevent them, it's a natural, non toxic control and if I do see them I bisect them with pruning shears, yuk!
    Now something much larger is eating the fruit maybe voles.  That is my reward for living on the edge of a wildland.

  4. They are going to stay or keep appearing as long as there is tomato plant to eat. Best to remove them as you see them to protect your plants. My grandmother use to snip them in half where she found them. Kind of gross but effective. Maybe she thought it was leaving a warning for others who came by.

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