Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tomato hornworms are good teachers....

Joseph and Suza share their enthusiasm in having found a Tomato Hornworm in their zone of the farm. These very large caterpillars (in the 'Manduca' species) are voracious eaters of leaves, stems and sometimes even the fruits of your tomatoes. We tenderly remove all of these larval foes and plant beneficial attracting plants to bring in Trichogramma wasps that attack the eggs of these
ginormous creatures. Plants that attract the wasps are flowering plants in the Apiaceae family like Fennel, Dill and Cilantro.

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