Angry Gardener Observes Hornworm Damage
Photograph © Kerry Michaels
EEEEwwwwww!!!! Ickkkkkk! All of a sudden my tomatoes were being decimated. The leaves were chewed off entire branches in a matter of hours. Tomatoes were being chomped and crumbly black droppings were appearing (ick again). The dreaded tomato hornworms had discovered my beautiful thriving tomato plants.
These monsters are large, ugly and very unpleasant to deal with. Knowing my audience, I approached my 14 year old son and his friend with my tale of grossness. Instantly they took up the challenged and armed with swords (I kid you not) off they went to hunt down and destroy my enemy.
Tomato hornworms wear a clever camouflage are very hard to detect. The boys found that they had better luck getting down on the ground and looking up at the plants to spot the predators. I ran inside and hid behind my computer.
Hopefully the infestation has been controlled. If not, my son has assured me that his tomato hornworm ninja skills are on call. Got to love teenaged boys.