Thought I would share this with you , will photograph it , try to upload it
Found a tomato hornbeam worm.
Has anyone else had one ?
I THOUGHT, I HOPED, THAT THIS WAS ONE AMERICAN DELIGHT THAT HAD YET TO REACH US.
Had to look these up - http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-hornworms-control.htm
Handsome chaps but not what you want on your toms.
If I found any i wouldn't want to kill them,i'd put them somewhere else.
Are you sure it's not one of the other Hawkmoth caterpillars Granma?
The photos I've seen of tomato hornbeam worms look very much like the lovely
Privet Hawk Moth caterpillars.
I just went to pick tomatoes and found a large moth, with mottled top wings, but flashing a red underwing like a red admiral. I think it is a red underwing moth Catocala nupta. very excited. Photos to follow.
To be honest I'm not sure ,but I did some research on caterpillars. It suggested putting it in a clear container with a little soil at one end .and leaves it was found on or near . Checked photos and it was the nearest I could find. I'm trying to get the photo on here .
But will check up the Hawkmoth caterpillar
In the meantime it's a lovely green , about half inch wide two and half inches long . .the markings are white slashes at an angle along it's body it is a sandy brown shade the top of its body .but the luminous green shows through ..it has a black horn it moves very fast , had to put camera setting on the one for movement
It's burrying itself in the soil now.
they like privet and ash best if it is a Privet Hawkmoth. Can you give it some in case it hasn't finished eating yet and not ready to pupate
I'd put it back where you found it, or if that's not possible then let it go on a privet bush or on an area of soft dry shady soil with a good bunch of ash or privet leaves. They're much better off fending for themselves than they are in our hands - and I'll lay money on it being a Privet Hawk Moth.
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me too. I agree with your suggestion re treatment as well.
we watched one of these emerge from the soil and hang itself out to dry one year, amazing sight