I really hate bugs

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On 7/28/2011 9:48 PM, The Cook wrote:

That's what I've seen. Plants are on deck near kitchen table and I often see things that look like hummingbirds but not quite. Always nice to learn something new. Part of the fun of gardening.
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Frank wrote:

Update , after following one of the links posted here , I have found out the ones in my garden are actually tobacco hornworms . The giveaway is the diagonal stripes rather than V shaped on their sides . I'll be checkin' on thses morning and evening for a while ... since that same article said they prefer to feed at dawn/dusk .
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Mine are also tobacco hornworms. But for names sake there does not seem to be that much different. Even thou I called them Tomato Horn worms. So let the flame wars begin :)
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Snag wrote: ...

they can fly some distance to lay eggs, so it really doesn't matter if you had them before or not. we are a fair distance from any neighbors who garden so there is no reason to expect them here, but they do arrive...
last year we had a few, the year before we had over twenty, this year we've seen none so far (checked again this morning).
if you turn the soil under an established tomato patch and have missed some of the worms you will see large brown/red/purplish pupa in the soil. very impressive critters.
crop rotation will help some, but is not likely to ever keep them away completely.
hand picking them off is an easy non- chemical means of control, and if you don't like cutting them in half or squishing them they will probably drown in slightly soapy water. then you can compost them or bury them or throw them away.
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