Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You Have Got to be Kidding!!!

I am a daily garden checker. Each morning I venture out there to see the progress, tie thingsin place and squish bugs. Lately I've been having such a bad time with caterpillars attacking my squash and zuchini, that for probably 2 or 3 days I failed to do a check around my tomato plants at the back of the garden. Yesterday evening, I went out for plant check, and was shocked by this poor excuse for a tomato plant!! The leaves had been completely munched away!

I expected to find several tomato hornworms, because they are the usual culprits for damage like this and with it being so extensive, I just knew it was 3-4 of them. However, what I found instead was just one...that's right, one very fat and happy monstrous hornworm!
Wanna know why they are called hornworms? Look at that nasty point!

The dilemma I now faced was squishing this big guy. I don't exactly enjoy squishing bugs, but the little ones are at least quick and easy. I was having a hard time trying to figure out what to do with him, but he certainly couldn't live and eat my entire garden! I'll spare you details, but he is no longer a threat. No photos of that event. :)
Have a beautiful day!


  1. Oh, my! Thanks ever so for sparing us the gory details! So far, we haven't had any hornworm problems, but after the first fruits, the maters are awfully small. >:\

    Love ya loads, sweet thang!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  2. Bugs are such a pain! We've gotten those bad boys before! It's like they could carry you off or something.

  3. This reminds me of the book about the hungry caterpiller!


  4. Are you kidding me is right! THose are ginormous! WOW!

  5. This is the second post this week that I have read about these guys! and this is my first year to attempt growing anything but since I am not at home to care for them I have no idea whether I have the little er I mean Heimlich (bugs life) eating all of my tomatoes or not. I will have to check with my hubby! Thanks for the pics, at least I will know what I am looking for now ;)

    Blessings to you

  6. Ya know, I'm eating as I'm reading, I almost lost my appetite!!! LOL! I'm glad you don't have the pictures of how you eliminated the poor guy!

  7. Well I'm glad he's gone, but eeewww! Maybe my son could come and shoot those worms for you - LOL!