Remember this post… Alien Invasion?
Earlier this summer, I found a big, juicy hornworm on one of my tomato plants. As you can plainly see, my hornworm friends have returned to the garden. This afternoon, while planning my fall garden, I found three of these monsters chowing on my bell pepper plants. This time, however, they had friends on their backs!
Actually, those little bits of “rice” on the back of this hornworm are his worst enemy – the braconid wasp. It lays its eggs inside the hornworm. Ahhhhh! I can’t type this without getting the shivers. As the eggs hatch, the future wasps (“rice”) eat their way out. Apparently, you’re in luck if your hornworms are covered with white larvae. From what I’ve read, it’s best to let nature take its course. Eventually, the emerging larvae kill the hornworm. After the wasps hatch, you will have plenty of natural protection from future hornworms. We’ll see about that!
In the meantime, Ahhhhh!!!
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