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Old 07-31-2009, 08:48 AM
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Along with fat juicy tomatoes, I have fat juicy horn worms. Actually the tomato horn worm (Manduca quinquemaculata) has legs and is not a worm at all. It is a caterpillar and an insect in the class insecta. A worm, such as an earth worm is in the class annelida. Insects have six legs, caterpillars also have "pro-legs" which can be seen gripping the branch in the top pic (defensive position),Unfortunately I do not have a pic of the moth.

Horn worms morph in to the group of moths call "Sphinx" moths. They are beautiful moths and several species are active in the day which is unusual for moths. One difference between moths and butterflies is that butterflies are active in the day time (diurnal) and most moths are active at night(nocturnal).

Sphinx moths are often mistaken for humming birds because of their hovering capabilities and drinking from flowers. Sphinx moths are considered beneficial because they are pollinators, their larvae (horn worm)are considered plant pests=oxymoron

I dont kill them, my plants are grown and I still will get tomatoes. However if the moth lays a bunch of eggs you may have a plant stripped of leaves. The horn is not a weapon, its the caterpillars bite that can give a good pinch.



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Neat little creature! What's the horn for then if not for defense?
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Nothing other than just to fool you into thinking they are ninjas
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Isn't that something! A lot critters make up for their harmlessness by looking dangerous.

Yep ,like ear spots
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Isn't that something! A lot critters make up for their harmlessness by looking dangerous.

Yeah my dad did the same thing=posturing
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that ninja line made me laugh out loud...and i'm at work with 12 kids sound asleep...i hope i didn't wake any...
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