Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tomato Scourge....



A few weeks back I noticed something was eating my tomatoes and the leaves on some of the plants were starting to disappear. My neice was visiting this past weekend and raiding the cherry tomatoes when she found this guy. Turned out I had a bunch of them on the plants; they camouflage well. I'm surprised I didn't see them sooner because they are huge. The eye ball patterns on the side are pretty interesting so I had to take some photographs. Now I just hope I got rid of them all so I can enjoy my tomatoes before the first frost hits, which could be any day now.

12 comments:

Eve said...

Beautiful photo John even if it is of this hungry guy. I brought one in the house last year and fed him select tomato leaves...but he got so big and kept escaping so he went back out...far from my tomato plants. They are acutally a nice moth...a sphinx moth.
My trip to Maine was spectacular.

kjpweb said...

That is a beautiful caterpillar - some Hornworm, so Sphinx Moth might be spot on.
Cheers, Klaus

Mary said...

How can something so cute be a scourge? I'm sorry....that didn't sound very sympathetic, I know you want your hard earned tomatoes. Hope you get rid of them, but what a great photo!

Louise said...

I despise those things. Even being the giants they are, they are VERY hard to see. I never know I have them until I see stripped tomato branches, then droppings. I start digging around about the droppings. The EEEEWWWWW!

BUT, you got a really terrific picture of the little disaster.

Tommy V said...

My dad had this same problem with his tomatoes and thought the thing was a leaf until he good very close to it. Great picture

The Birdlady said...

Umm...not good - but the caterpiller is beautiful even so.

The Birdlady said...

Hey John...I just hd to come back and look at this guy again...this is such a gorgeous photo maybe you do so many flowers, you made the "worm" look like a flower.

Kathiesbirds said...

Do you ever wonder why such destructive creatures are so pretty! This is an amazing photo. The detail is spectacular! I don't envy you your frost though!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Awesome shot of something so beautiful and gross at the same time. I remember the first time I saw one. It was a long time before I ate tomatoes again and one reason why I won't grow any.
:-D

Kerri said...

What a stunning capture!!

Country Girl said...

Great photo. We had issues with tomato hornworms this year too.

Paddletramp Photography said...

We don't have anything that looks like this in Minnesota. It is extremely interesting looking...how fun to get such a great photo of it!