Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Hint about Tomato Plants

If your struggling tomato plant all of sudden looks like this:

You've been visited by this guy:

Aiiieee! The dreaded tomato hornworm. This one was as big and long as my index finger. 

It's difficult to bring myself to touch these little monsters. Even though I know they won't do anything, I always imagine they are going to roar like a little mini T-Rex and rear back to bite or sting me when I pluck them off my plants. 

They have the most incredibly soft, marshmallow-y yucky skin feel. Like your fingers are going to go right through them and squirt bright-green goo all over yourself.

Shudder. I got the man of the house to use a stick to scrape this one off.


  1. Oh my, I've been lucky enough to not have any problems with these little fellows so far. Hope your tomato plants recover and produce lots of fruit. I have to admit, I've never seen a tomato plant eaten down to the stem.

  2. Hi! It was a shock to see it bitten all the way down, but the poor plant had really been struggling anyway. Out here in the desert the plants just try to get by when it's over 100 degrees during the summer months. Probably for the best, that hornworm at least got something out of it!

    I'll be picking my tomatoes all winter long, just not right now!