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The Green Tomato Worm and its Distribution

“Can you tell me if Green Tomato worms can be found around Oklahoma?” asks this reader in her submission. She does not attach any photos, though she notes that she lives in Washington County. “I would like to know if they do, so when I start my garden I can be prepared for them.” First off, we assume that by ‘green tomato worm’, our reader is referring to the tomato hornworm. If that is the case, it might be ample to provide some context. The tomato hornworm is a moth caterpillar which is indeed green in color, and which does feed on tomatoes, among other plants.

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The Best Way to Remove Caterpillars from Your Trees and Plants

We get many questions from worried readers who have seen caterpillars on trees or plants. For the most part, these creatures aren’t causing any real harm and can be left alone. However, some species can be quite destructive and should be removed for the health of the plant.

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Want to Get Rid of Them? Just Make Them Uncomfortable.

We received a rather brief inquiry from a reader, with no accompanying picture. The question is: “How do you get…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tomato Horned Worm

Adult tomato horned worms are typically 3 to 5 inches long and they have a large black horn on their rear ends. This horn may look like it can do plenty of damage, but its actually quite harmless.

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Worm Control 101

Bacillus thuringiensis, a wilt pathogen, is available to gardeners to help control worm infestations. Fortunately, this pathogen is only toxic to insects.

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Facts About Worms

Worms eat so much that they typically produce excrement equal to their own weight every 24 hours.

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Tomatoe Worms: Human Contact and Your Garden

Tomatoe worms may be infected with any number of parasites at any given time, but the most common tomatoe worm parasite is the braconid wasp.

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Tomato Worms

Tomato worms are one of nature’s two most popular types of hornworms. The other is the tobacco worm. The scientific…

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The Tomato Worm and Its Cocoon

The tomato worm pupa or cocoon is brown, hard, and around an inch and a half long. The pupa or cocoon waits out the winter season (overwinters) and hatches in the spring.

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Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms

Tomato and tobacco hornworms are two of nature’s most popular types of hornworms. Their scientific names are Manduca quinquemaculata (tomato hornworm) and Manduca Sexta (tobacco hornworm).

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Tomato Worm Suits

The Tomato Worm suit is a nickname for a particular type of space suit invented in the 1940s. Tomato Worm suits provided a range of motion previously unavailable with pressurized space suits.

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The Tomato Worm (Tomato Hornworm)

The Tomato Worm, also known as the Tomato Hornworm or Horn Worm, isn’t really a worm at all. Tomato Worms are actually caterpillars, with stripes and a “horn” on one end.