Yes, another bug. This one isn’t for its looks, though. It’s very destructive. It’s called a Tomato Horn Worm, or Manduca quinquemaculata.
We saw a tomato plant in our yard that had its leaves eaten completely off, and while at first we wondered if it might be some sort of animal, we remembered that our dad said there’s a bug called a tomato horn worm that eats tomato leaves.
Today we were up at 6:45 anyway, and we heard that dawn or sunset is a good time to find them, and indeed, we found one. A good way to tell if one of these is on your plant is by, well… its poop. No need to describe it, we have a picture. But that’s a tell-tale sign, anyway, along with naked stems. But you can literally follow the poop to find the creature.
The good thing is, when we threw it in the chicken coop, they had a fun time, and now they know what it looks like and tastes like, and that they like it. Hopefully while in the garden they’ll see them and take care of them.
By the way, this worm is much smaller than the last one we found, but it was still bigger than any caterpillar or worm we’ve seen around here.