Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hornworm



This morning Nathan and Owen woke up from a cozy slumber at their Nana's house and I woke up at 8:00, completely alone (insert huge, rested smile here).

As soon as I popped out of bed I realized it was likely 100 degrees already (if only that were sarcasm) and I had to work to do. I pulled on my straw hat and headed to the garden. I plucked two cucumbers off the vine and filled the rest of my basket with tomatoes. I yanked out my dead bush bean plants and pushed new white seeds into the cultivated soil, spotted with my sweat. I pulled diseased leaves from the pole beans and then set to work pruning infected branches from my prize tomatoes. I reached into the leafy tangles anywhere I saw yellow and brown. As I started on a particularly dense area, my hand stopped about six inches out.

Thank GOD I saw it.

If you look closely, you can see the ugly thing in the above picture, too. So far I've only had to squish baby versions of the tomato hornworm but that is a full-grown sucker. And he would get bigger by the day if I didn't take him swimming in a glass of soapy water:



For him, it was probably a slow and painful death, but if you thought A) I was going to touch that and B) I was going to squish that, you are clearly crazy. Now the sprinklers are going, tomatoes line my countertops, and the remains of my green nemesis are in the burn pile. Word should spread quickly to his friends.

PS - Please don't tell Nathan I used his monkey cup for this. I was in a hurry and it was the first thing I grabbed. Happy Saturday! :)

No comments: