EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! Thats all I can really say with regards to this nasty creature. This is a photo from the internet as my camera’s battery is charging, but I’m sure you all get the idea. I learned today that this ugly mo fo is a Tobacco hornworm, not to be confused with tomato hornworms that have black horns instead. They are eating my tomatoes tho so I still have reason to despise them. I was out in the garden this morning checking up on my prized tomatoes when I noticed something odd about one of my tomato plants. It was missing the leaves off the ends of two stems. Hmm not good I thought. And then I saw this ginormous caterpillar the size of my middle finger and screamed a little bit. Then I went inside and grabbed a spray bottle full of soapy water and proceeded to douse my plants with it to deter the nasty buggers. I found one more after close inspection of all my plants and have them safely secured in a jar waiting to become fish bait later this evening. *insert evil laughter* Well they will be if I can get past the scream factor. I guess I wouldn’t care so much if the nasty little bugger hadn’t eaten half just half of the largest tomato I had growing. How rude! I mean if your gonna eat it, at least eat the whole damn thing so I don’t have to see it and mourn its waste and loss. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it was gone if they’d eaten the whole thing. Ok I would have noticed because I practically have names for all the tomatoes as they are just coming on, but thats not the point. The point is, they made a mistake when they came into MY garden thinking they could eat MY tomatoes and now they will pay the ultimate price. Anybody know any good organic bug deterents that I can make at home? I found out about this stuff, but knowing it could be costly is a set back right now as we’re slightly broke. Hooray for this crappy economy! Anyway, thats my rant of the day. Hope you all have a happy 4th of July. Play it safe. Check out my other blog, Recipes from Helle for a couple of nice summery recipes.