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Get Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato Hornworms

By Newyorkrita
August 16, 2016

I hardly ever can spot those nasty tomato hornworms. I let my feathered friends do it for me.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Aug 20, 2016 1:27 PM CST
That's a good idea. About the tomato hornworms, I thought I read somewhere where they turned into the hummingbird moths? Does anyone know if that is true or not?? I really love to watch those moths at dusk, but man, I hate tomato hornworms! Wow!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

Chicitygardenlady
Aug 20, 2016 10:55 PM CST
Yes it is true they do turn into huge moths. I killed one and looked it up I felt bad. I have enough tomatoes to share.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Aug 21, 2016 9:43 AM CST
They will eat your tomato plant down to nothing if they are left there. And it only takes a short while for that to happen.

Chicitygardenlady
Sep 3, 2016 5:59 AM CST
My tomatoes are 8-10 feet tall! That little worm isn't hurting them at all. Anyway I seen one yesterday and it had the wasp eggs all over it So I think he's a goner anyway.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Sep 3, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Chicitygardenlady said:My tomatoes are 8-10 feet tall! That little worm isn't hurting them at all. Anyway I seen one yesterday and it had the wasp eggs all over it So I think he's a goner anyway.


That little worm quickly turns into one gigantic worm. But yes, with the wasp eggs it's a goner.

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