Insect Pests of Tomatoes→caterpillar

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Jun 13, 2021 5:23 AM CST
Сan a caterpillar eat all the leaves of my tomatoes? Thinking
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Jun 13, 2021 9:38 AM CST
You bet. Tomato hornworm. Really hard to spot because it is so well camouflaged, and then when you finally see it you can't imagine how you missed it! Even small they eat voraciously; full grown they'll defoliate large swaths quickly. To find them, look for their frass — their poop — little dark pellets on leaves, then start searching just above it.
My own pix aren't so great, but plenty of photos online.
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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.

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