I spy with my little eye...
Fresh dropping. Turds. Poop. Fecal matter. Waste.
These, although kinda gross, are a dead giveaway that an unwanted critter is hiding in my tomatoes.
These dung dropping are produced by the dreaded Tomato Hornworm! These dudes can ruin tomato crops in record time, if not found in time. They have a fierce, seemingly never ending appetite.
Since they're so hard to find on the tomato plants themselves, I rely on scanning the ground around each plant and once the excrement is found the search begins.
Here's another tell-tale sign of dining Tomato Hornworms -
AH HA, there you are -
A chubby one too -
After spending thirty minutes or so I was able to locate these four dudes. I'm fairly certain there are more out there, so the hunting continues.
No need to worry about these four below, they became a special and welcomed treat for our chickens.
This is an exercise I find myself doing every year.