Sneaky Bandit

Tomato hornworm, AKA five-spotted hawkmoth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manduca_quinquemaculata)

I found you, you thief!

Stealing my green tomatoes

And creeping me out.

 

Yummy tomatoes.

I’m having a real feast here.

Thank you, gardener!

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18 thoughts on “Sneaky Bandit

  1. Debbie, when I first looked at your photograph, I didn’t quite know what it was. I thought that it might be some kind of exotic plant or flower. WOW…it’s a tomato hornworm!?!? Yes, I bet it was creepy when you spotted the thief; especially when you saw it moving. YIKES!

    When I lived in Florida, I would spot lizards on the patio munching on the leaves of the plants. But they were very hard to see because they had the ability to change colors so that the were camouflage.

    Hope you’re having a fabulous Sunday, my friend!

    It’s sunny and cool here today; a perfect Fall Sunday :)

    • Oh, Ron, I remember those little patio lizards, too. Once, one got inside our apartment, and three of us girls were standing on chairs hollering until some poor fella came by to remove it!!

      I didn’t know what this critter was until I searched on Google. My mom told me my dad used to pick them off the tomatoes when he was tending them — no way I’m gonna touch that thing! I took a pair of scissors and snipped the entire limb off (with him on it!), then heaved it over the fence. *shudders*

      Glad you’re enjoying the Fall-like temps — we’re expecting a warm up this coming week, which we’ll gladly share with you, ha! xo

  2. Why do I suddenly hear Joni Mitchell singing “Both Sides Now”? You’ve shown both perspectives of this issue in a very clever way! Believe it or not, I’m working on my new post, which involves — a hawkmoth. It’s not this species, though. I don’t know what ‘my’ hawkmoth caterpillar feeds on, but now I’ll look it up.

    I presume you dispatched this critter, post-haste! I know every creature needs to eat, but not on my tomatoes, thank you very much.

    • Linda, I understand these critters like lots of different plants, so you’ve got your work cut out for you! I’d have enjoyed seeing this thing if it had been in moth form, but anything “wormy” or “snakey” just gives me the heebie-jeebies!
      It’s funny because I went outside daily (several times a day, actually) with Dallas to check on things and one day my tomato was fine; the next, there Wormy was!
      Yes, I snipped the entire limb off — worm and all — and disposed of it. I refused to step on it, and fortunately, he’s not returned.

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