"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Monday, June 21, 2010

THEY'RE HERE

The aliens have been here all along - we just didn't know what to look for. The tops of my tomato plants were sticks today and some of the green tomatoes were half eaten. Squirrels! Had to be. So I started looking at my plants and found this big guy munching away. It is bigger than my thumb. Needless to say, I removed it to a sunflower and it immediately tucked its head down and played opossum. Unlike Great Grandma Merriot, who used to pinch them, I released this Tomato Horn worm into a patch of volunteer tomatoes. It will grow up to be a Sphinx Moth.








7 comments:

  1. you are too nice...he is rather alien in appearance. I am not as nice to the caterpillars that eat my plants.....

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  2. I love the photo! The pattern/camouflage on his skin is great. Thank you!

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  3. No sign of these great beasts yet, but boy did my chickens love to munch on these tender vittles...GROSSS...too much guts for me!

    However I have been squishing the cabbage worms, they are on my last nerve...can't wait to see how many grasshoppers I have this year, the rains have kept the hoards to a minimum, but now they cometh!!!

    I think I'll can the beans, my freezer doth runneth over with the strawberries. I have a small freezer in storage at my Grannies house, but if I plug that sucker in, next year I'll grow everything under the sun!!! I did let my snow peas go though, I just couldn't get to 'um, I'll munch a few for breakfast if I find one under 6 inches...derned fickle weather!!!

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  4. What a freaky looking thing! Great photos tho! Me? Can't kill any thing.
    Never have been able to. Catch spiders in the house and release them outside. Wait! I did kill a stinging scorpion in the house, but felt bad.

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  5. OMG!! I have to admit, I love those markings that look like little eyeballs.

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  6. Amazing! Your right, very alien. Great pictures!
    Love your Amazon (right column) ... such a beauty!

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  7. What weird beauty! Now I'm wondering how the
    sphinx moth compares?

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