Look at our new tomatoes… and AHHHHRRRRRGG!!!

The first time we ever grew tomatoes, we were over there just flipping through pruning and such and rolled a leaf over to find that ALIEN of a creature – the Tomato Hornworm.

Tomato Hornworm

We found this one on Saturday, and still… even though I was looking for hornworms… it still scared the crap out of me. haha

Last year I would drop them in a little  cup of soapy water, because I really didn’t understand anything but the fact that this lil green monster was chewing my tomato leaves down to nubs!  But since learning about the problems with bees… and how crops are pollinated… and all the other stuff you learn when you dig a lil bit under the surface – we have learned that these guys turn into the Hawk Moth.  We recently had a discussion on twitter/facebook about this and here is a link to even more info on the Hawk Moth/Tomato Hornworm.

Since we like the hawk moth, we decide to just take those green aliens to a nearby plant that is not on our property (haha) and let them free.  We are considerate like that. 

We have seen quite a few lately (we are in West Texas), so if you haven’t started looking – better get to it.  And if you live near us… you better definitely be checking… just sayin’.

Also a few other lil critters have shown up – not sure what all of them are… but did snap a few pics.

What kind of beetle is this?

Aunt Deb thought had a few ideas, but I dunno.. never seen this one before and I don’t think anyone has nailed it yet.  Give it a shot?

… this next one, well we kinda caught these two… ahem… umm.. well… kinda… “in the moment”

Bugs doin' it

Are you infested yet?  Anyone have any pests they can’t get rid of or maybe a new tip to keep the squash bugs at bay?  Share with the class, please.

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