~With record breaking heat, 106 yesterday, the only feasible time of day to water is the early morning. Opening the door, ready to grab my outdoor Crocs was this green beastie stilling on my Crocs. I couldn’t get it to leave, so I donned my flip-flops.
If memory serves me right, this might be a green katydid. I’ve never seen one and am depending on my memory from a college Entomology course I took back in the dark ages. If you know what it is, please let me know.
Turning to water my beautiful tomato plants, I was greeted with this sight:
Didn’t take the three bears to figure out what’s been eating my plants. The d*&% Tomato Hornworm caterpillar, the larva of the Five-spotted Hawkmoth.
About a month ago one decimated my yellow “cherry” tomato plant. It wasn’t there one morning, the next morning my plant was eaten alive! This morning there were THREE chomping away. I did what any mature person does, gave a little screech, picked off the twig with the “bug”, and threw it across the yard onto a piece of plywood. Repeat 3X. I then covered all three with an escape-proof jar. I really have to admit that they give me the total heebee geebees! Now I’ll have to go out into the heat later to make sure none were hiding. Barb found four huge ones in her yard and figured out they were eating all of her lovely plants.
At dusk a few days ago, I walked in and out of the house getting “things” so I could sit on the patio. When I finally situated myself with book and iced tea, Hans was sniffing curiously at something on the patio rug. Screech! It was a Tomato Hornworm. What the heck? Just stilling on the patio? Not even close to my tomato plants! Where the heck had it come from? And, better question, how did I not step on it while going in-and-out of the house? It was directly in the path. I did what any sane person would do and called the Hubs to please get it!
That’s it for the greenies! I’d best not see any other beasties today. Where are the robins to eat these? Or, maybe the scrub jays?