Tomato Hornworm

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The tomato hornworm is not actually a worm, but a bright-green caterpillar with white and black markings. Hornworms are the larva of a huge moth called five-spotted hawk moth and lay eggs on the undersides of tomato leaves late spring.  Adult stages of tomato hornworms are heavy-bodied and can destroy a plant within hours.  If left to hatch within 6 to 8 days the larva mature in three to four weeks.  They burrow into the soil to pupate and can remain there all winter and emerge as a moth next … [Read more...]