The Tomato Caterpillar

This weekend we discovered some unwanted caterpillars on our tomato plants.  Check out this guy. He’s known as the tomato caterpillar.

Isn’t he the craziest leaf-like insect ever?  The little ones were practically impossible to find when they were hidden on the backs of the leaves.  The best thing to do is to pick off the caterpillars.  An alternative would be to buy some chemical to spray them with, but who wants chemicals on their tomatoes?  Not me.

Here is a before and after of the tomato plants taken on Friday and then on Sunday.  Look what those caterpillars did in two days!

Before - Friday

After - Sunday

Maybe it’s hard to tell just how devastated the plant on the left is now in the photo.  How about when you look at them close up?

Look at all those bare stems!

We’ve kept a close eye on the plants and haven’t spied any more tomato caterpillars.  Here is hoping that the plants survive and we still have some tomatoes this year!

5 thoughts on “The Tomato Caterpillar

  1. itshumannature says:

    Yes, they are terrible for the tomatoes, but they turn into a beautifully and extremely beneficial pollinator known as the Hummingbird Hawk Moth! Look them up! 😃

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