klsana00
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Help! WHat is this!!

need some help in determining what this is!?!?!?!

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THanks!

Kind of freaked out by it! FYI it was on one of my tomato plants.[/img]

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hornworm caterpillar, covered with the cocoons of a parasitic wasps. if you leave it there, it will be a nice bump to the parasitic wasp population where you are (that's a good thing).

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THanks

Just wondering why this is a good thing?? I cut the branch off my tomatoes but will put it back in my garden if the wasps are beneficial? Thanks for the info and the help

Katie

FYI new at this so the help is appreciated!

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the hornworm( big green thing) is a pest. BUT, those white dots are eggs. eggs of a parasitic wasp that lays its eggs inside and eventually kills those hornworms. if you leave it, the eggs will hatch and insect control will go up a notch. basically nature is dealing with the pests for you.
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I'm no fan of bugs that eat my vegetables, but every time I see that picture it just gives me the willies.
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I never get tired of sharing this thread:
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=90120#90120 :wink:

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Lol!, Waterbug grossed me out! But I did put it back in the garden My daughter refused to eat her rice at dinner FYI my tomatoes look no worse for wear... any idea if those catapillers are pack animals? :)

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