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.
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