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Mysterious Visitor is a Hornworm Caterpillar

A woman sent us the photograph below of a handsome green critter she found in her garden, with the simple request that we identify it. Luckily, it’s a great photograph, and gives us some great clues about its identity. We can see several distinct characteristics to help us identify the species. The way the critter is segmented is helpful, as are the black spots on its body. But the most telling traits are the horn seen at the top of the picture and the stripes on the side of its body. Continue reading [...]

Worm in Potato Probably a Tuberworm

We received a disturbing story from a reader who was eating a fried potato in Peru when she discovered a weird bulge that turned out to be a worm. She described it as white or gray with lines on it (perhaps she meant that it was segmented). She also mentioned that it appeared too big to be a wireworm or tuberworm. She is curious what this creature was and mentioned she thought she might have eaten one. Continue reading [...]

Thin White Worms Near Tomato Plants…Pot Worms?

A while ago a reader contacted us about her tomato plants. We are sorry for the delay, but hope our response will be helpful to her and other vegetable gardeners out there. Continue reading [...]

Common Types of Cocoon Worms

Silk worms are often confused for worms, but they are not a member of the worm family at all. Instead, they are caterpillars that create a cocoon to complete the transformation process from caterpillar to butterfly. Continue reading [...]

Horn Worm

Two of the most popular types of horn worms are the tomato horn worm and the tobacco horn worm. These worms consume large amounts of plants and vegetables. Continue reading [...]

Caring for the Tomato Hornworm

If tomato hornworms are in your garden, chances are, they love what you’re growing. The tomato hornworm loves dill, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and of course, tomatoes. Continue reading [...]