Saturday, October 13, 2012
Tobacco Hornworms on Dove Avenue!
Checking carefully, there before me a giant worm appeared. He was there all the time, but I did not see him because he was so well camouflaged. Yet he was about the size and length of my ring finger.
I checked the other plant, and there was his little brother. I extricated both of them, and sent them to worm heaven.
Here's a link at the University of Florida webpage about this critter, a tobacco hornworm. I can attest to the truth of this observation from the link:
Tobacco and tomato hornworms are the common large caterpillars that defoliate tomato plants. Their large size allows them to strip a plant of foliage in a short period of time, so they frequently catch gardeners by surprise.
I don't know if the first plant will survive.