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Francis Barnswallow
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Does rain cause hornworms to feed?

I've noticed a lot of damage on my tomato plants. There's evidence (chewed leaves/hornworm poop) when I check the tomato plants. Here's the thing, I can never find them unless it rains. Once it rains they seem to come out in the open and start eating the leaves. Just yesterday I picked off 6 three inch hornworms after a heavy rain storm.

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more than likely they are trying to find the upper side of the leaf that is dry. I could be wrong.

And 3 inch hormworms are not so bad wait till they get bigger. :o

The little buggers are hard to find aren't they? Good luck with them I have never had too much problem with them on my tomatoes, though they were there, but they have devastated my peppers before in a very short time.

Try some Dipel Dust or Bt or even Diamataceous (sp) Earth. Though I prefer hand picking or should I say chopping them in half leaf and all and leaving the carcass as a sign to others that may trespass. :twisted:

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Francis Barnswallow
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:lol:

I usually toss them into the lake, the fish love em'. And they are hard to find, thank God I got very good eyesight.

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