Here's the sixth in a series of articles that will help you tell friend from foe in the garden.
From a healthy egg, a hornworm develops into a large caterpillar, and it's during this stage that the varmints do the most damage to tomato bushes and other solanaceous plants!
When fully grown, the caterpillar will burrow down into the ground to pupate.
Hornworms can first be detected in the form of small yellow eggs deposited on host plants. This particular egg displays a dark coloration indicating that it has been parasitized and would therefore pose no threat to your garden later.
PHOTO: RON WEST
It'll emerge as the harmless fuzzy sphinx moth so often seen fluttering at porch lights on summer evenings.