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Old May 6, 2018   #1
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Show your hornworms.
Here is a tomato hornworm not a tobacco hornworm.
Both eat tomato plants.
Just plucked it from one of my tomato plants.
Very early in the year for them here.
Keep an eye out folks.
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Our poultry considers those nasty l'il monsters a tasty treat, Worth!
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I always thought they might make good fish bait but luckily I never had enough of them to try.

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Did you name him before dispatching?
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I set it out on the drive for a bird to eat.

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Bill, we must think alike at times. I thought fish bait too.
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They are quite delicious sliced like a pork loin on a cracker....
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I had them last year, both on my tobacco and tomato plants. But not this early though. I would hunt them few times a day and smash them under my shoes. They are easy to detect as they like tender parts on the top.
I am finding Stink Bugs now. Last evening I got about a dozen of them on the mustard plant. How about that ! They like mustard flavor.
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Darin, I'd say "ew" but found this on Google:

"David George Gordon, author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, says that Tomato Hornworms can be fried up much the same as the fruit of the plant on which they feed. ... They are often prepared boiled, sauteed, roasted, or fried, and taste like a nutty shrimp."


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They come from your bought at one time mix maybe,then morph into this big bird looking moth ,nice design on wings.They are laying eggs 24/7.DE will slow them down below ground,or deep nuke if desired lot of water,kills everything else.Our chickens take care of above ground.Nice blending in on branch,will stay on plant,eats for days,craps black ooze.Will de head a whole mater top over nite.Good BB gun practice.They will bite you.Camo shows wrong head markings,a diversion.Most birds spit them out here.
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I always thought they might make good fish bait but luckily I never had enough of them to try.

Bill
I tried it last year. They float and the bass in our lake sample them and then spit them out.
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I read a recipe that called for 4 medium green tomatoes & hornworms. They say to top each slice of fried green tomato with 2 fried hornworms.

Assuming, say, 5 good slices 1/4" thick. That's 20 total slices, so 2 x 20 = 40 hornworms.

Honey, if you have 40 hornworms, you don't have 4 tomatoes.

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Seems like they would shrivel up to nothing when fried. They are full of green goop that must be 90% water.
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The large amount of yellow jackets in my garden and around the shadehouse take care of hornworms for me. I sometimes see a few at end of season, but they go to the chickens.
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I have a ritual that involves a pair of bricks. Gross, but effective. Not really as satisfying as you might think though, especially if he took out a plant before you found him. Those little suckers eat fast. It's the combination of voracious and relentless.

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