So the other morning I was picking some tomatoes off of our pear tomato vine and I almost hit my head on this little guy.
I was oh soooo glad we didn't do a head bump... no thanks!
But the kids were right outside with me and I called them over.
And of course Nathan wanted to touch it. Me telling him to just be gentle.
We left it alone for a few minutes to look up what it was. I got out our field guide and found this little guy to be called the Tobacco Hornworm. Caterpillar large (to 4"), green with white diagonal stripes on sides, large orange horn at rear; common on tomato plants. Season: June-Sept. Range: Central Valley and south.
It had started eating again when we returned. Reminds me of the Predator a bit.
Kiera was a tad disappointed when I told her it was a moth. Her exact words when I showed her the picture of the Sphinx Moth were, "That's not very pretty". Here's what it will look like.
Even with her disappointment it was still neat to watch.
Haven't seen the little guy the last two days. Not sure what happened to it. Maybe it's in it's cocoon, we'll have to look a little better tomorrow.