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Subject: Good eye!
Date Posted: 6/30/2008 1:19 AM ET
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I can't believe I found these so quickly.  I found three of these guys, one on my tomatoes, two on my eggplants.

Hard to believe they grow from this


into this (look at the larva picture on the right):


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Date Posted: 6/30/2008 3:32 PM ET
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Aren't they ugly?  I remember my mom finding them on her tomatoes.

I see your article wants you to feed them :)

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 8:37 PM ET
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Call me weird, but I love hunting for those buggers! Did you know that if it's quiet out you can hear them clicking at you when you shake the plant? It gives them away every single time. ;-)

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:30 PM ET
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You know, my friend and I landscape together, and last year we found some of these on a job and kept them.  They travelled around with us, and even though they're bad...  We kind of really liked them. 

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 10:56 PM ET
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if you find white things on top of them...it is another insect's eggs (fly of some type I think) which when they hatch will feed on the hornworm itself....

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 11:03 PM ET
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They were almost cute at this size, except for the holes eaten in the leaves. Grrr.

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 11:05 PM ET
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I hadn't read the article, I was really just looking for a good picture.  Might be a good science project.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 9:03 PM ET
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               evan k.


                                          DOLORES H.


Date Posted: 7/4/2008 10:09 AM ET
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I **heart** caterpillars!  Tomato plants I had growing on the deck had a bad infestation of tomato hornworms about 5 years ago.  Never had a problem since that one incident.  The caterpillars that are around rarely eat so much that they ruin the plant, just leave the leaves a little tattered. ...Except for some fernleaf dill that I was growing last year.  But I grew the plant specifically for butterflies and caterpillars.  I enjoyed seeing the caterpillars munching on the plant, and grow bigger and bigger.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) an eastern bluebird showed up and gobbled all the caterpillars up.

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 2:15 PM ET
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Hmm, choosing between a bluebird and caterpillars.  That's tough.  (It's been years since I've seen a bluebird!)

I checked my pitiful potted tomato but only found a grasshopper.  DH potted it and it's very soggy.  The weather hasn't been good anyway.  I sowed some marigold seeds with it, hoping that they'll sop up some of the water but I don't think that's really a solution. 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 5:11 AM ET
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I think they are cute!