| Register  | FAQ  | Search | Login 
It is currently Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:30 am

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:10 pm 
Venomous Head of Veganism
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 8474
OK I saw a hornworm moth sitting on one of my plants. It's gone now, but I'm assuming it laid eggs and has friends. What is the best course of action now? There's no damage yet, but if I see one of those worms I will probably die/faint/puke.

_________________
"You guys are a little bit fast to identify as not-mumbles. " ~ mumbles


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:14 pm 
Discovered unobtainium
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:21 pm
Posts: 11041
Location: VA
I have nothing to add here except that my dad finally caught a squirrel with a motion activated camera. They have been eating every little tomato as soon as it starts to ripen. They take a dainty squirrel bite and throw it off the deck and have another.

It's like a constant tomato war! Somebody is always out to get them.

_________________
"This is the creepiest post ever if you don't know who Molly is." -Fee
"a vegan death match sounds like something where we all end up hugging." -LisaPunk


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:22 pm 
Saggy Butt
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:45 pm
Posts: 294
Doesn't Kittee have a plan of action for those things?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:06 pm 
Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:58 pm
Posts: 4569
Location: Santa Cruz whoop whoop
I would suggest dousing the plant in kerosene and lighting it.

_________________
"Trolling an internet message board, The Greatest Activism Of All." - pandacookie
Вы такие сексапильные, когда злитесь


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:04 pm 
Venomous Head of Veganism
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 8474
All good ideas.

_________________
"You guys are a little bit fast to identify as not-mumbles. " ~ mumbles


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:55 pm 
Kitchens Planning Manchester
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:16 am
Posts: 2523
Location: SF Bay area
I have a sacrificial tomato plant that's away from the others that I transplant the worms to.

My friend just leaves them on her plants. They don't seem to suffer too much, but she only has like one per plant.

You could also hose down your plants to dislodge the eggs? I've never tried it, but it seems like it might work!

_________________
http://hotveganchickpeas.wordpress.com (food blog)
http://baybalcony.wordpress.com (gardening blog)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:49 am 
Naked Under Apron
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:09 am
Posts: 1750
Location: New Portleans
Hornworms are like no other. You can't just give them their own plant, because they will eat it in five minutes and then come for more. I had some on a datura in New Orleans that I threw over the neighbors fence, and by the evening they came back. I actually losst one in my house once, and found it an hour later gobbling up my prized creole tomato--tomato was 1/3 gone in an hour...

BT is organic and non toxic and works for caterpillars, but does not affect bees or other insects, you have to spray it a few times a week and after any rain. I did other things that I probably shouldn't post about here....

So, yea.

I think they're otherwise, super cute.
xo
kittee

_________________
Cake Maker to the Stars

pakupaku
XGFX: Vegan Gluten-Free Stuff
"Stupid society. I'm gonna go put on bikini kill."~Susie Tofu Monster
"Kittee is wise. Listen to Kittee."~Aruna--> the PPKr currently known as mumbaikar

Last edited by kittee on Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:54 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:53 am 
Naked Under Apron
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:09 am
Posts: 1750
Location: New Portleans
couroupita wrote:

My friend just leaves them on her plants.


I have a hard time believing we're talking about the same creature. Hornworms strip plants. Fast. Really really fast!

_________________
Cake Maker to the Stars

pakupaku
XGFX: Vegan Gluten-Free Stuff
"Stupid society. I'm gonna go put on bikini kill."~Susie Tofu Monster
"Kittee is wise. Listen to Kittee."~Aruna--> the PPKr currently known as mumbaikar

Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:18 am 
Kitchens Planning Manchester
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:16 am
Posts: 2523
Location: SF Bay area
Yes we are! Maybe Californian tomato worms are more chill.

Honestly, I dont know what to say. My sacrificial plant has done the trick. My friend has pics of her wormies.

_________________
http://hotveganchickpeas.wordpress.com (food blog)
http://baybalcony.wordpress.com (gardening blog)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:47 am 
Dying from Nooch Lung
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:14 pm
Posts: 3293
Location: NJ/Philadelphia
Are these the ones that carry the eggs on their backs?

_________________
"Gnome kicking says a lot a man's character." - Babbette


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:11 am 
Invented Vegan Meringue
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:46 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: 5 mi east of philly
GraciaKai wrote:
Are these the ones that carry the eggs on their backs?

those are cocoons of a parasitic wasp. those are good. keep it there so the wasps hatch and attack other caterpillars. (that hornworm has stopped feeding anyway)


_________________
I solved it for once and for all -- and for everyone -- by intentionally leaving behind some 9-lives burritos... ~Lorelei4mc
supercarrot.com, vegan groupony things, vegan coupons


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:24 am 
Dying from Nooch Lung
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:14 pm
Posts: 3293
Location: NJ/Philadelphia
Ok I thought I was creeped out before, now I'm extra freaking creeped out! Thanks for the terrible nightmares to come SC!

My husband found one in our yard last year with the wasp cocoons on it and he transferred it to our deck to freak me out. Job well done husband! But the next day it was gone and we never saw it again. Didn't see any wasps either?

_________________
"Gnome kicking says a lot a man's character." - Babbette


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:47 am 
Invented Vegan Meringue
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:46 pm
Posts: 3813
Location: 5 mi east of philly
you're welcome. :-)

they're pretty small. easy to miss. (i wonder if a bird came and gulped it up.)
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galv ... rnworm.htm

_________________
I solved it for once and for all -- and for everyone -- by intentionally leaving behind some 9-lives burritos... ~Lorelei4mc
supercarrot.com, vegan groupony things, vegan coupons


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:33 pm 
Venomous Head of Veganism
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 8474
kittee wrote:
I had some on a datura in New Orleans that I threw over the neighbors fence, and by the evening they came back.

Wait. I want to hear more about THIS.

_________________
"You guys are a little bit fast to identify as not-mumbles. " ~ mumbles


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:35 pm 
Venomous Head of Veganism
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 8474
Yeah, I've had a tomato plant gone by the next day so these Nebraska hornwormies ain't foolin'. I did spray the plants with water to try to dislodge eggs. Of course the tomatoes got dislodged, too. I'll try BT!

_________________
"You guys are a little bit fast to identify as not-mumbles. " ~ mumbles


Top
 Profile WWW  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:50 pm 
Saggy Butt
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:45 pm
Posts: 294
Omg, I love that vid supercarrot!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Tomato hornworms deserve their own thread
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:44 pm 
Invented Vegan Meringue
User avatar
Offline

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:18 pm
Posts: 3560
Location: It's hot. All the time.
The Nebraska Hornwormies sound like a bluegrass band.

_________________
A whole lot of access and privilege goes into being sanctimonious pricks J-Dub
Dessert is currently a big bowl of sanctimonious, passive aggressive vegan enduced boak. Fezza
You people are way less funny than Pandacookie. Sucks to be you.-interrobang?!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Template made by DEVPPL/ThatBigForum and fancied up by What Cheer