So the other day I was in my garden chatting with my neighbor. She was telling me about this huge green worm that was eating her tomato plants when she looked up at the top of one of mine and said that it looks like I may have one too since the new growth was chewed off. I hadn't noticed the minor damage.
So we started hunt for it and a few minutes later I saw the beast. It was about 1/2 inch thick and about 4 inches long. I was freaking out trying to get it off of the plant but then ended up breaking the branch off. I put it in a jar w/ lid to show Hunter when he got home later that night. We didn't know what it was so after some research, the beast was a tomato horn worm except mine was missing the horn.
I forgot about it until the next morning until I walked in the kitchen and saw the jar open w/ the lid on the counter. I assumed someone let it go. Boy was I wrong. I don't know how it got out!
We looked for it for several hours. I was so freaked out that the green monster was roaming my house and that it might crawl on me at night....eeeeewwwwwww.
Later in the day I noticed Kitty (aka as inspector gadget) was following something and there it was, crawling quickly along the kitchen baseboard. After Hunter got a good look at it, he put it back in the jar, walked across the neighborhood and let it loose.
Lesson learned- never bring creatures into the house!
I think the hornworms win as the nastiest thing I have found in the garden. So far I have gotten rid of 5 of them! Ick. They are hard to see but their poo is easy to spot on leaves or the ground since it looks like round ribbed grenades. Very unique. I have noticed they like to feast on the upper new growth. All were found on my Sweet 100 tomato plant which is actually my favorite small tomato since it tastes like sugar.
Other creatures that I regularly battle with insecticidal soap are beetles, cabbage worms, white flies, and zucchini bugs which look like stink bugs to me. eww.
Here's the small guy (compared to the other 4) I found today...oh the goosebumps.