hornworm damage

I have lots to share so I will be writing a lot in the next few days. I was on vacation for 7 days and am now back and busy harvesting and weeding. The first day back, I saw one of my Black Cherry tomato plants was overwhelmed by tomato hornworms. As you can see in the pic above, they ate all the leaves on the top 1/3 of the plant.  Interesting that they seem to like that variety but I only found 2 more on that tomato bed that has 9 tomato plants-all right next to each other. I can see why the hornworm would like the Black Cherry tomato as it is one of my favorites too! On all the other 29 tomato plants, I only found a couple of hornworms. We handpick the hornworms off wearing gloves because I’m squeamish about them.


So I think we got around 100 hornworms in all different sizes on that one plant. Never had so many hornworms on one plant. Found and picked most of them off that day.


Then went back at night with my UV flashight and found about 50 more. The hornworms glow under  UV light making them easier to find-this helps find smaller ones too that I missed in the day. I got mine on Amazon. So keep a lookout for hornworms-they are around now!

8 comments on “HORNWORMS!

  1. Sylvia Crain says:

    Seems like hornworm stew or flour is in order. With that many hornworms, I can understand squeemishness.


  2. Sue Garfitt says:

    What do you do with the Hornworms to get rid of them please?


  3. Fay says:

    Wow- That’s a lot of hornworms! What do you do with them after that?


  4. CS says:

    Jannine, the hornworms were mainly on my black cherry also! Interesting that they are drawn to that particular variety.


  5. tonytomeo says:

    OH! THAT IS SOOOOO NOT RAD! ICK! I know what these things are because they damaged my tomatoes when I was a kid. However, I had not seen any of them for many years. I do not miss them of course.


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