This little green eating machine, if not mistaken, is a tobacco hornworm, and it is relentless…
The worm is a bit blurry but you can see the seven diagonal lines on its side and the slightly curved red horn at the back…
With sticky little appendages, it takes a good yank to free them from their business…
Almost in rhythmic pattern, they chomp at a steady pace; if left unchecked, will eat a tomato plant in no time flat!
Although green as a worm, the tobacco hornworm later transforms into the drab brown Carolina sphinx moth that feeds on flower nectar.
Now, here is a charming trivia that demonstrates, I believe, a parasitic symbiosis:
Cotesia, a parasitic wasp, actually lays its eggs straight into the bodies of the green tobacco hornworm!
As the wasp larvae grow safely inside the worm, it also feeds internally and eventually emerges from the worm’s green body. Oh yuck!
If you happen to see a green tobacco hornworm covered with many white, cottony egg looking thingies, well, that, my friend, is the wasp larvae in cocoon form!
Well, enough on tobacco hornworms…here is a green dragonfly found dead on the path…poor thing…hey, does that look like an eye on its head looking straight at us?
Finally, the rather large grasshopper attempting to hide among the green shrubbery…gotcha!
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