I Will Not Kill It

I know that everyone pulls these off their tomato plants and kills them.


I know they munch on the tomato leaves and poop on the plant.

That’s how I find them.


There is something that might make you pause before you murder one.

These big Tobacco Hornworm caterpillars (Manduca quinquemaculata)


turn into large Carolina Sphinx moths.

These moths come at sunset to my Four-o’clock flowers.

They are spectacular and magical. They are worth every leaf they eat.

Sometimes eggs of a parasitic wasp are laid on them. Ouch!


So be a good host to these giant, green munchers,

later you will be rewarded by flyers that look a lot like fairies.



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