A week for ‘purdy’ little pests

First, it was the cicadas everywhere. These guys are one species of over 3,000. Dependent on the species, they come out every year up to every 17 years. Which species are these? I am not 100% certain. Maybe you can tell me.


This morning, I woke up to a tobacco hornworm infestation. These little guys ate around 75% of my leaves overnight and left dung pellets everywhere. The hornworm turns from larvae into a worm and then will hibernate in a cocoon over the winter and emerge as a moth (Manduca sexta aka Carolina sphinx moth) in the following Spring.

In case you are wondering, no worms were killed in the making. I removed all the worms and set them loose somewhere else — far away from my plants.

*Updates 26 December 2003. Dead links and images were removed.

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