Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weekend Garden Adventure: I Spy a Tomato Hornworm

I came in two hours later than usual to the garden work party on Saturday morning at the Fair Share Garden. I found these amazing tomato hornworms, Manduca quinquemaculata, when I got there. I spotted two of them when I came in and checked the beds for weeds and pests. They were perfectly camouflaged among what was left of the foliages they had been consuming. Hornworms are large and are best controlled by picking them off the plants. Here is an informative page I found about hornworms.

Inpromtu insect workshop.

Look at how much foliage they took off this stem! It only takes them about an hour to do that.

These larvae were about 3.5 inches long. The adult is the Five-spotted hawk moth.

Here I am with the Rose Geranium plants that are coming in so nicely. No bugs there, just sweet little pink flowers. These plants are so great for Florida gardens. The grow year round and start easily from cuttings. This is the same Rose geranium that I use for making infused oil, or vinegars. Specifically I use it my Rose Geranium Deodorant Spray and Rose Geranium Conditioning hair rinse.

Photos by Fair Share Garden volunteer Patricia Shaw.

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