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Ron/PA    Posted 10-04-2002 at 20:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Can anyone tell me what this critter is called? I've seen them before but don't know the name.

Alberta Mike    Posted 10-05-2002 at 20:34:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It might be a John Deere owner who isn't feelin' too good. That's John Deere green if I ever seen it.

Valerie    Posted 10-05-2002 at 15:07:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh man,

You guys are missing ALL the fun!

As kids we'd pick them off the tomato plants and toss them to the chickens. Not only is it great for your tomatoes and chickens, but it's as much fun as a Brazilian soccer match watching those hens fight over the thing for a good 5 minutes.

One grabs and runs, the rest take off after. She has no time to eat it because it's so big, so eventually another grabs it and tears off with half. Now you've got two games going. Good country fun. :)

Mark W    Posted 10-05-2002 at 08:05:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is a tomato hornworm. Sometimes you can actually hear them munching on the plants. Normally there aren't too many of them, you can just flick them off and stomp them. They also can be controlled with BT.

Debbie in Virginia    Posted 10-05-2002 at 08:01:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure what the correct name is either but we just call them tomato worms. A friend of mine at work told me they are the larva for the sphinx moth (someone else posted this already), but she also told me that the sphinx moth was almost wiped out by pesticides. She is very concerned about wiping out any species because you never know what's going to step in and take its place in the food chain. So when she plants her tomatoes she always plants a few extra plants, and lets the worms have them. She even goes so far as to move any worms she finds on "her" plants over to the "worm" plants. Don't pick them up with your hands, though - she told me they will sting or bite you. Personally, we always put sevin dust on them too. This year, though, we had such bad conditions for maters that I didn't bother - I just let the worms have them. We never got any tomatoes all summer - too dry. I have some on the plants now that are ripening and look very nice, though - in October! Oh well, I'll take them when I get them. Sorry this post is so long.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-04-2002 at 21:00:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just did a quick search on google. Apparently it's the larvae of a sphinx moth, also called a hawk moth. However, I didn't find a picture of said moth.

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Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-04-2002 at 20:23:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know the proper name, but that's what eats my mater plants. I've always called 'em mater worms. Sevin dust will take care of 'em.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-04-2002 at 23:21:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, tomato worms. Then out west they have taller, spidery things with heads that resemble thin-skinned skulls and pincers (awful looking things) well, i managed to capture one alive and put him in a jar cuz i wasn't sure if i had an alien or what - took him to work & my local buddy took one look and said "Potato Bug". Boy, talk about takin the wind outa your sails :)

Years later we're driving around Tasmania and got to see some local critters, every so often there'd be or 2 of these kinda colorful chicken-sized birds so i decided to find out what these glorious creatures was called. Found it in a book - it's a "common hen". I wonder why weird things don't have weirder names.......

Ron/PA    Posted 10-04-2002 at 20:25:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats what we call them too, and we use 7 as well, but this year they are showing up everywhere.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 10-04-2002 at 20:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought I was gonna get by without them this year. I was wrong. They showed up late. I had about 10 finger sized ones when I noticed them. Sprinkled the Sevin and they were history. I should've just let 'em have the maters no better than they made.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-04-2002 at 20:35:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know the feeling, I didn't know I was planting cherry tomatoes.

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