Subject: Huge caterpillar!
Geographic location of the bug: Northern California
Time: 03:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi,
I have never seen this large of a caterpillar ever, not in the great outdoors nor in a museum! It was happily munching on our green tomatoes. It was 3/4” thick and almost 3 inches long. Was incredible! Thank you!
How you want your letter signed: Thanks, Aimee
Have you been growing tomatoes for many years? Most gardeners who grow tomatoes are familiar with the Tobacco Hornworm, the larva of the Carolina Sphinx, Manduca sexta, which feeds on the leaves and occasionally fruit of tomatoes and other related plants. Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.