UPDATE! I meant this post to be funny AND reasonably correct, Thankfully a reader(see comments) has shown me the error of my assumptions. This is not the reproduction of my enemy but the wonderous reproduction of a parasitic wasp feasting on my enemy! Isn’t life amazing. See the video to learn more below!
This is what I found in my garden. It is a tomato horn worm. This voracious eater can devour a tomato plant almost over night. It’s coloring is a perfect camouflage to the gardener who isn’t really sure what to look for. Kids can spot them. Maybe their lower perspective or better eyes, they find them easily.Throughout the season I have found them in all sizes but this time was different! It was carrying eggs!
I found her(?) on a bell pepper plant. I hate these things but I must admit to their strange beauty. The eggs seemed to be attached to each of the brownish dots on the body. Now, don’t think me cruel but when I tried to remove a few they were stuck on pretty tight. Maybe the sacks grew out of these dots? There had to be thirty or more egg sacks. All I can think is that next year I may not grow any nightshade veggies because I can’t imagine that each sack has only one in it. Each probably has hundreds! I really love tomatoes and peppers.
I love the beauty that our gardens show us but I sure do hate the tomato horn worm! How do your enemies reproduce?