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© Maurie A
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UploadedJune 22, 2009
TakenJune 22, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/250 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length135 mm
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Help Me!!!!! I just found these ugly creatures on my tomato plants..... they are as big around as my index finger and almost as long..... they are eating the tomatoes along with the plant itself......... I need help identifying!!!!

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  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    We used to call the tobacco worms, for we used to have to pull them off those plants too! They will eat the entire plant and move on to the next can use 7 dust or spray.....but the best way is to inspect all the plants, and pull them off, put in an old jar, lid on tight, and discard. Sorry you are having that kind of trouble!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    I hate it that they are attacking your beautiful tomatoes!! Great photo op though!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Quick Ma! Get the shotgun!!! Great macro of the evil critters. Look big enough to eat your fingers so be careful. Wonderful macro of them, and in spite of their appetite, very interesting worms.

  • Rusty Katchmer

    Rusty Katchmer gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    I've had them too...quite disconcerting!!! Glad you got some helpful tips! Interesting photo!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Since you have birds, I would suggest not poisoning them. I don't know if the soap and water method (spray water with dish soap all over the plants and fruit) will work, but I would try that first. If not, just remove them. We call those tomato worms, and they are totally destructive. Good luck, Maurie.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Oh my gosh.....that's so sad they are attacking your tomatoes...Between sparrows eating your blue bird eggs and evil worms devouring your've had some bad luck...I have a suggestion...Feed the worms to the sparrows who are eating the bluebird eggs:)

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    HORNWORMS!!!! AHHHH! I had those on my tomatoes before. They scared me when I first saw them. Your vivid close up (good shot by the way) I had hornworm flashbacks. LOL Actually they are a catapillar. What I did was knock them into a can using a stick and winged em far away. Birds eat them. Looks like they are enjoying those tomatoes.

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    eewww!! i hate tomato worms! they usually just eat the plants around here. i pull them off and smash them. it's pretty gross but it gets rid of them.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    They're tomato horn worms. You can pluck them off the plants and either drop them in water, or cut them in half; either way will kill them. Once you've harvested all the tomatoes, you should rototill the soil to kill any remaining pupae. If you'd rather use an insecticide, then carbaryl, permethrin, or spinosad will work. And that's all I know about those ugly critters. BUT.....your photograph is awesoome!!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (21 Jun 2009):

    Throw your washing up water over your plants, the oil from the soapy residue will help them slide off. Nasty little beasties!! Good luck with getting rid of them... Nice shot by the way!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    Cool find!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    Looks like you got some good advice, so I'll just say "Great close up"!!

  • Martin E. Morris

    Martin E. Morris (Deleted) gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    An excellent close-up of these great creatures.I wouldn't recommend using insecticides if you plan on eating these tomatoes.Great shot!!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    Great shot! I've had them before too! They just really creep me out!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    don't know what kind it is but is an awesome close up for sure

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    Wicked cool.

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    Yikes ... looks like a caterpillar invasion! I'm sure some of the tips here will help you get rid of them. Great shot!!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    Wow! They are some big old caterpillars I would suggest hiding under the stairs until they are all gone Lol :)) Seriously they are scary looking creatures!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2009):

    I know the first time I saw these ugly things. I freaked out! they are huge! BTW this is great photo!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    OUCH!! I hope you are able to get the situation under control, Maurie! Meanwhile an AWEsome photo!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    Awesome shot, glad I have none of those...

  • Leah Garton

    Leah Garton gave props (25 Oct 2009):

    Yuck!! Our chickens used to love eating these when I was a kid. No pesticides and a great way to recycle the little buggers, so to speak. :-)

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    The first time I saw these they really freaked me out! they are def ugggggggllleeeeee!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Susan Littlefield

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  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (11 Apr 2012):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Apr 2012):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Apr 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 May 2012):

    where is Adam when you need him, (even if this is a tomato and not apple)! voted.

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