Insect and Bug ID forum: Please help me with this one.

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Aug 22, 2016 9:46 AM CST
This little lady/fellow is on my tomato plants which are next to my butterfly plants I bought to attract monarchs.....no, I have no eggs on them, just bugs. Anyhow, I noticed this thing and would love to know what it is.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Aug 22, 2016 10:45 AM CST
That is a tomato hornworm. It is the larval stage of the Carolina sphinx moth. Those are the eggs of a wasp that uses the hormworm as a host.

Cotesia congregata parasitoid wasp

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/wasps/cotesia_congr...

and this is their favorite prey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manduca_sexta
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 22, 2016 10:47 AM CST
It looks like a parasitized tomato hornworm - some pics:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=parasitized+tomato+hornworm&c...

Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 22, 2016 10:57 AM CST
I agree Nature doing a great job!
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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JB
Aug 22, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Certainly loved eating my tomato plants. Now wasps ????? Good thing we have a Christmas Tree Farm and not a veggie farm.

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