Say hello to Wilbur. He is my friendly and hungry tomato hornworm that appeared on my tomato plant the other day. As I happened to be walking by, I noticed several stems striped completely bare of all leaves and looking considerably shorter than they did before. It took a minute for me to find him, but there he was.
I thought, “My Wilbur you sure are hungry!” Then I saw Wilbur’s brother, Watkins. Watkins is apparently also hungry, as shown by the short, completely eaten stem that he is resting on.
If you think I sound much too nice to these tomato plant eaters, it’s because they are now covered in tiny white eggs. They are now the host for the eggs for a beneficial parasitic wasp. I’m just letting nature take it’s course. Yes, I probably sacrificed a few tomatoes, but that’s life.
Meanwhile, in the rest of my garden, other plants are starting to show signs of fall. These are my hosta flowers, once such a pretty pale purple.
The black-eyed susans have lost their yellow petals. I leave them up all winter – they had interest to the winter garden and are lovely covered in snow.