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Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar

This is a discussion on Privet Hawk Moth caterpillar within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Originally Posted by wetfeet101b Thanks for the info Pavel. From the pictures and description on ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Thanks for the info Pavel.

    From the pictures and description on the website, it does look like a tobacco hornworm.
    I dont have any tobacco plants in the garden, but I do have some tomato plants.

    Its a cute bug, but I will have to destroy it. I dont want future generations of tobacco hornworms in my garden.
    New ones will show up regardless -- the moths don't stick to a territory but rather can be quite far roaming. I have known folks who plant an extra tom plant or two for these cats to use as a food supply & simply transfer cats from the family's plants to the designated caterpillar plants. If I recall correctly -- no 100% sure -- seem to recall that they really love dill plants.

    I have one who recently decimated my patio tom. Not bothered at all. This time of year the tom's going to be dying off soon anyway. Fruit porduction had already dwindled almost to a stand still. So I figured if the cater wanted to make use of it no prob. Besides, they un doubtably serve a purpose in the food web.



    Btw, if you ever come across one with what appears to be a plethora of tiny white cocoons stuck to it -- leav it alone. That particular pillar is already dead even if it doesn't know it yet. The cocoons indicate that it has been paracitized by a wasp. The larvae devour the pillar from the inside then emerge to pupate on the pillar's exterior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich63 View Post
    That is one bad _ss looking Caterpillar and a funky looking moth also.You nailed this one pavel.Rich
    Yeah that describes him! I had one on my jalepeno bush a couple of years ago. I watched as he ate a 2 1/2 in jalepeno in ONE day.

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    Considering how big they are, it's amazing (to me at least) how difficult it can be to spot them.

    Here's a pic of the one I found a week ago on mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Considering how big they are, it's amazing (to me at least) how difficult it can be to spot them.

    Here's a pic of the one I found a week ago on mine

    So true.
    If the caterpillar was in fact hanging out on one of my tomato plants, I would think that I should have seen it earlier before it got this fat.
    I visually inspect my garden plants for pests frequently enough, but I guess not thoroughly enough.

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    That guy is enormous! I've never heard of a privet moth though.

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    When I saw your picture I made the normal girl noise. I know that one by heart, it's a tomato worm...I grew up picking them off our tomato plants. Hate the little green tomato ruining things! I love green tomatos and they do too! Of course mine have to be fried...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Of course mine have to be fried...
    Er... the tomatoes right?

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    Yeah, I'm not sure the green tomatoes would taste very good if they weren't fried first. Can't wait till my daughter gets here in November. She fries them better than I do...

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    Question caterpillar help

    There are caterpillars that keep showing up in my yard. The caterpillar is bright green and has two long white stripes going down its back, it has a hard curled horn on its butt/tail. Its mouth is like a flat disk that faces the ground, i found my dog sniffing it and when i poked it ( ) with a stick it hissed and curled around the stick. I need to know if this is an important caterpillar or if it's OK to throw it into the street....

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    Love it!!!! Here in Florida they normally leave everything alone in the backyard but the datura. They will strip them clean of leaves.

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