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Post  sanderson on 10/1/2017, 1:52 pm

Today, I learned the differences between the tomato horn worm and the tobacco horn worm. I have tobacco horn worms. Always learning on this forum!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/4/2017, 1:10 pm

Both tobacco and tomato hornworms eat, tomatoes?
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Post  sanderson on 10/4/2017, 3:05 pm

Yes. Supposedly, the tobacco horn worm is more prevalent and is geographically wider spread than the tomato worm.

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Post  brianj555 on 10/4/2017, 6:09 pm

Yep.  And supposedly, the further south you go , the more tobacco and vice a versa.  Although I really can't find any difference in them other than the name and a few small cosmetic differences.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 10/7/2017, 8:09 am

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This plump baby looks a bit like a hornworm, but hasn't got a horn, and isn't closely related. It will become a moth called "Hitched Arches," a brownish moth with white markings. I've seen a caterpillar like this twice before on weeds. I was surprised to see it on a carrot stem in front of my ground cherries, but it sounds like they aren't too particular about what they eat. It's not a classic garden pest, so if I find it again, I'll move it elsewhere in my yard to some weeds I know it can eat.
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