Monday 25 September 2023

The Five-spotted Hawkmoth Caterpillar - Nature 94

We observed a big caterpillar in one of our tomatoes plants this morning. The caterpillar eats a lot of the tomato plant’s leaves.


Image 1- A big caterpillar on tomato's leaves

The caterpillar is a quite big, the length size might be 3 inches or 7.6 cm. The color is green with stripes, and a black horn on the tail.

Based on the GoogleID, this caterpillar belongs to the five-spotted hawkmoth caterpillar or also called as a tomato hornworm.

It is said that the caterpillar is commonly seen in the garden. In addition to tomatoes. It loves peppers and potatoes leaves.

Unfortunately, this caterpillar might be a plant pest. It is because it could consume great number of leaves.


Image 2- A green stripes caterpillar

In case of tomatoes, the five-spotted hawkmoth caterpillars can also destroy tomato fruit by boring into the fruit.




Image 3- The caterpillar consumed a lot.

When getting larger and larger at last stage devolvement, the caterpillar could eat an entire tomato plant within minutes.


Image 4- A caterpillar is moving under tomato branches.

Have you ever seen this kind of caterpillar?

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17 comments:

  1. Pity it is a pest. It looks so green and rubbery

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  2. Una foto muy buena, y cuidado con ellas nos pueden arruinar la cosecha.
    Un beso.

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  3. Great pictures ! Cute caterpillar and beautiful future butterfly !
    Have a nice day !
    Anna

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  4. Not a fan of them...they look very creepy.

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  6. I have never seen a caterpillar in my backyard. However this year I have also seen less butterflies: pollution, different weather ..... who knows?

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  7. Por estos lados donde vivo en Colombia, se cultiva el tomate, y escucha uno hablar con recelo, a los tomateros, sobre la presencia nefasta de esta oruga, llamando inmeditamente a funcionarios del ICA, para que los ayuden a combatirla. Un abrazo. Carlos

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  8. I have not seen this kind of caterpillar.

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  9. Feeds solanaceous leaves which are toxic to humans
    who must be careful not to eat green tomatoes...
    Dias de outono felizes, 🌈
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  10. Mai visto un bruco così grande...

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  11. Dear friend, I invite you to participate in my 'celebration party'
    which I published in my 'A Vivenciar'...
    It's virtual, but sincere and meaningful.
    Beautiful and happy days... Hugs 🍃🏵️🍂💌
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  12. Great find, the caterpillar is cute! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great day and happy new week!

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  13. Wow, what an interesting discovery! That caterpillar is quite the leaf-muncher, isn't it?

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