I grow tomatillos every summer for the chipmunks. They climb up the plants and shake the fruit down. I love watching this trick. My usual supplier did not have any, so I had to grow them from seed.
Growing these plants has taken months of babying, watering and staking. I finally put most of the potted plants in the ground last weekend.
They started disappearing on Monday. It happened so fast I thought the deer had eaten them. The twigs and fruit were left, but the leaves were gone.
Evidence was examined.
The culprits had the nerve to continue eating right there in front of me.
There were numerous Tobacco Hornworms on each plant. They hang upside down to eat.
Grasping the petiole with their back legs and gripping the leaf blade with their front little legs.
They munch away with their tiny mouths.
Okay, so I planted these Tomatillos for the chipmunks and now they are being eaten by caterpillars.
I am hoping for a lovely crop of Carolina Sphinx moths this fall. I have planted a patch of Four-o’clocks just for them.