A few nights ago, we found this fat and sassy caterpillar happily munching on our tomatoes. It was quickly apprehended and now lives in Wyokiddo’s bug jar. At least for another day or two.
After some research, I discovered it is a tomato hornworm, so named because of it’s penchant for devouring tomatoes and the little horn-like appendage on it’s tail. After it pupates, this caterpillar will turn into a Sphinx moth. Google also told me this probably wasn’t the only caterpillar we had in our garden…where there’s one there’s probably 10 or 20. Sure enough, on subsequent trips to the garden, we another 15 or so of the chubby green menaces.
As Wyokiddo stared at one mowing down my plants, she said “Mama, it looks just like the very hungry caterpillar in my books!”
It really did resemble the star of the Eric Carle books. But this caterpillar won’t get a chance to eat through oranges, apples, pears, salami, cheese, pickles or an ice cream cone, and neither will his brethren. You don’t mess with my tomatoes and live to tell the tale.