Friday, August 29, 2014

Beware, the little green alien invasion!


These terrifying soldiers could be in your back yard right now!

Just remember, the most important thing is to keep calm - DO NOT PANIC! If you do panic, you just might regret it later!  Keep reading...

Invader Vs Invader, who will win?

Well for those of you who are not familiar with the pictured critters above, you can see two different images that portray two very different scenarios.  While the first picture can be devastating to your tomato crops, the second picture is a view of hope in the future. 

What you see in both pictures are Tomato Horn Worms.  What you see in the second picture is the eggs of the Braconid Wasp on the back of the horn worm.  These little wasps fly around predating on caterpillars.  These eggs will hatch and the young'n will slowly feed on the worm as they hatch, killing it in the process.  See, no need to panic!

While I did kill the horn worms that did not have the eggs laid on them, I certainly left the second pictured one to help continue the life cycle of the Braconid Wasp.  I'm a big fan of the predatory insects in my garden, as long as they don't eat too many pollinators that is.


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