Pests and Diseases forum: Tomato Hornworm, not all bad!

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 6, 2015 3:14 PM CST
Yes, they do munch on nightshade plants, but for healthy tomatoes after the munched areas grow new branches. Also, the hawkmoth adult hovers at deep throated flowers to drink nectar which in turn gets pollen grains deep inside, most animals cannot pollinate that deep so they serve a purpose actually. Unlucky moths get eaten by bats.

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Apr 1, 2015 10:57 PM CST
Here is what they turn into, quite pretty! Thumb of 2015-04-02/keithp2012/b7f5fc
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jmorth
Apr 2, 2015 1:16 AM CST
I agree with your assessment, hawkmoths (as they're sometimes referred to) are pretty cool.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 14, 2015 4:22 PM CST
I just saw a segment on national geographic channel about these pollinating flowers and there are many different hawkmoth species, not all eat tomato plants.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 19, 2016 2:04 PM CST
I'm going to be on the lookout for the rare black tomato hornworms.
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jmorth
May 20, 2016 4:48 PM CST
What kind of hawkmoth do they turn into?
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 20, 2016 8:00 PM CST
jmorth said:What kind of hawkmoth do they turn into?


Five spotted hawkmoth (see first photo above)
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