Tomato Horn Worms in December!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rebbetzin, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    I found these on my Morning glory vines!


    I figured that the brown color is from them eating old dried leaves.

    The chickens liked them!!
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Wow! I hope that finding them this early doesnt mean that there will be a plague of them this spring/summer. [​IMG]
  3. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    can you feed them to your flock?
  4. ole-crone

    ole-crone Chillin' With My Peeps

    The brown was more likely turning into the cocoon. They are beautiful moths. Some people suggest that you grow a few extra tomato plants just for the spinx moth to live on.
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    They are could be a Tobacco Hornworm or a Tomato Hornworm. I cant tell to well by the picture but they might be Tobacco Hornworms.
    The tobacco hornworm (7 diagonal white stripes and, most commonly, a red horn)
    and the tomato hornworm ("V" shaped markings with a horn that is often black). The
    adult of the tobacco Hornworm is the Sphinx moth. The Five-spotted Hawk Moth is the adult of the tomato hornworm.

    If the brown ones were eating the "old dried leaves" I would say that they were taking on the color of the food it was eating much like camouflage...

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  6. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    Quote:We did have a plague of grubs this year!! They killed off a few of my best plants!!

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