This tomato hornworm has already had dozens of parasitic wasp larva burst out, begin consuming it, and spin their cocoon on it for metamorphosis into adults. It will die shortly after they emerge. If you see them in your garden and they are infested, leave them be for natural crop defense.
my tomato hornworm, Posie eating a potato! as i’m writing this, she’s in her cocoon and in the process of becoming a moth!
Tomato Hornworm that has been consumed by parasitic braconid wasp larvae. They have hatched from their cocoons and will continue the cycle.
Mummified remains of Tomato Hornworm thanks to braconid wasp cocoons. (Dang camera won't focus on what I want and it was gone when I went back)
Tomato hornworm covered with the cocoons of parasitic wasp larvae. The larvae emerged from inside the caterpillar after having eaten its insides.
Braconid wasp: lay eggs inside this tomato hornworm, parasitic larvae devour this innards - then emerge and spin cocoons on its dead body.
Tomato hornworm with parasitic wasp larvae cocooned after eating the caterpillar from the inside.
🔥 Tomato Hornworm, wrecking my only tomato plant, covered in Braconid Wasp cocoons.
Braconid wasps cocooned on a hornworm in my tomato plant.
If you find Tomato Hornworms that are covered with Brachonid Wasp cocoons, let them be. The tiny wasps will emerge and protect your garden from more caterpillars.
A tomato hornworm from my garden covered in parasitic wasp cocoons
hornworm in cocoon for MONTHS.. still alive?!!? what to do? (more in comments)
noticed one of my moths has a bit of the cocoon suck to his head and I was curious if that can cause any trouble? I’ve had a few issue with this batch of moths I bought the hornworms on sale and they had clearly not had food for awhile and few pupated to early (one of which emerged surprisingly) v.redd.it/oxibxqtzikw81
🔥 Tomato worm with wasp larvae. They feed on the inside of the worm until the wasp is ready to pupate. The wasps will kill the hornworms when they emerge from their cocoons.
Wasp cocoons on a tomato hornworm.
TIL Hornworm Catarpillars on my tomato are the walking dead when little white rice looking things appear on their backs. Those things are actually cocoons of pupating Braconid Wasps, which are harmless to humans but a parasitoid of the worms. aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
🔥 Braconid wasps lay their eggs inside the tomato hornworm then the larvae eat the host caterpillar's insides. The larvae then burrow OUT of the caterpillar and make white cocoons on the skin🔥
Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar carrying garden-friendly Cotesia Congregata Wasp cocoons across my yard. The wasps, which are tiny and do not sting, will eat the caterpillar and lay more eggs, thus helping your garden to stay healthy. You can attract c.c. wasps by planting catnip, dill, a/o fennel.
These braconid wasp cocoons erupting out of a tomato hornworm caterpillar
OMG one of my tobacco hornworms has made it to cocoon stage! I’m so excited :D
I didn’t want that tomato plant anyways. Tomato hornworm.
Tobacco hornworm feeding on a tomato 🍅 I love how they change color depending on what they eat v.redd.it/yf7ji8gclru81
If you let those tomato hornworms grow they eventually change into a big ole moth!
Found Some tomato hornworms in my jalapeños this morning
Found a couple of these while tilling, tomato hornworms i believe, just not sure the best way to destroy them. Any advice?
🐛 This Tobacco Hornworm has become host to the Hornworm Parasitoid Wasp. It’s larvae have made their way out of their host and are spinning into their own cocoon like forms. reddit.com/gallery/pxjnbi
Tomato hornworm, tobacco hornworm or neither? Qld Australia
I know this is a tomato hornworm, but why is it black? (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Natural pest control. Hornworm who was snacking on my tomatoes covered in parasitic wasp eggs.
T vagans gives this tomato hornworm eight thumbs up!
The hornworm ate my tomato plant, then the parasitic wasps ate him.
Anyone able to tell me what this guy is? Found him chillin by my doorbell. Thought it might be a tomato hornworm but he doesn’t have a horn? reddit.com/gallery/piii33
Found this guy in my cherry tomato plants. My toddler (4) made him a little house and says we have to keep him. So now I’m raising a tomato hornworm caterpillar. 🙃 v.redd.it/91p7md2ta5q71
This Tomato Hornworm is covered in the eggs of a parasitic braconid wasp. The hornworm will soon be slowly eaten alive by the wasp larvae.
Tomato hornworm in my garden, ravaged by parasitic wasp eggs
Been battling hornworms recently and finally I think it's under control but these bottom branches are yellowing and looking quite bad, should I trim them? Also added a photo of the first tomato growing on it, my first time growing anything and I'm very proud of myself haha reddit.com/gallery/sx2klk
Tomato hornworm caterpillar being devoured alive by braconid wasp larvae. Found on my ghost pepper plant