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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted August 24, 2017 - 08:32 AM

I found a couple of these on my tomatoes yesterday. I noticed some tips chewed off & seen these guys just working away. The one with the rice looking things are eggs that a wasp lays on their backs so the eggs can feed off the HW. I know most people let these egg carriers live because the wasps are beneficial to the plants but he was chewing away a lot. So both these guys met their maker yesterday.

 

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Posted August 24, 2017 - 08:57 AM

I killed one of those a few weeks ago. I thought our pup had reached up and chewed on a green 'mater just cause he chews on everything. Then I noticed a few more and finally found that big ole green HW on there. Too bad we still didn't have our bearded dragon, they like them.


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Posted August 24, 2017 - 09:08 AM

Have not seen any bug problems here yet.   I spray everything a couple times a year with Tempo.  That usually take care of the undesirables.


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Posted August 24, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Just an observation.... funny how everybody loves butterflies and beautiful big moths, but hates or finds their larval forms ugly and destructive. If we want the one we have to put up with the other, to some degree at least. Kind of like the initially obnoxious and loud teenagers that turn into the parents of our beautiful grandchildren, lol. I wonder what else horn worms eat when tomatoes aren't available? I'll have to Google that.


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Posted August 24, 2017 - 02:52 PM

I had to deal with those earlier this summer. Now it is the damn grasshoppers eating tomatoes. 


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Posted August 24, 2017 - 03:08 PM

They turn into those Sphinx moths that look like Hummingbirds.


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Posted August 24, 2017 - 04:45 PM

I think they are the same as tobacco worms.
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Posted August 24, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Just an observation.... funny how everybody loves butterflies and beautiful big moths, but hates or finds their larval forms ugly and destructive. If we want the one we have to put up with the other, to some degree at least. Kind of like the initially obnoxious and loud teenagers that turn into the parents of our beautiful grandchildren, lol. I wonder what else horn worms eat when tomatoes aren't available? I'll have to Google that.


HEY! THAT WAS UNCALLED FOR!

Just to prove your point, I was loud😂😂
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Posted August 25, 2017 - 06:34 AM

HEY! THAT WAS UNCALLED FOR!

Just to prove your point, I was loud

Got frost on the pumpkins this am?  Lots of folks making some noise this morning


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 08:09 AM

We've had them on potatoes and eggplant, and for the first year for us to observe on a sweet pepper plant.  That's a small plant to take such destruction, that fat 'piller ate about half the plant before we caught it.  It was funny how the darker green of the pepper plant colored the 'piiler darker too....we are what we eat!!


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 09:15 AM

:bigrofl:I didn't say they were ALL obnoxious  and loud.... yup, must be frosty this morning,

I did Google hornworms and it seems they also eat bindweed, even dandilions etc.... any solenaceous  plants, including the tobacco, tomatoes and potatoes that we have so thoughtfully provided for them..


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Posted August 25, 2017 - 01:12 PM

We are king that way, being top of the food chain allowing others to thrive.  To bad we cannot eat them, although I'm sure they are eaten in some country in this wide world.  I wonder of you could smoke the ones that filled up on tobacco?????


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Posted August 26, 2017 - 07:56 AM

Got frost on the pumpkins this am? Lots of folks making some noise this morning


Ya. Squash got a touch, stepmom was freaking out
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Posted August 26, 2017 - 08:17 AM

We are king that way, being top of the food chain allowing others to thrive. To bad we cannot eat them, although I'm sure they are eaten in some country in this wide world. I wonder of you could smoke the ones that filled up on tobacco?????


I wonder if you fried them if they would taste like fried green tomatoes. Lol
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Posted August 28, 2017 - 08:42 AM

Have not seen any bug problems here yet.   I spray everything a couple times a year with Tempo.  That usually take care of the undesirables.

And the desirables too. 


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