Good and Bad Bugs in the Garden

This is a tobacco hornworm (similar to a tomato hornworm) that has been parasitized by a tiny, beneficial wasp known as a Braconid wasp.

Parasitized Tobacco HornwormThe hornworm will live until the wasp eggs hatch and then the young wasp larva will eat their host alive.

If you find caterpillars like these in your garden, leave them where they are!

 

 

Parasitized Tobacco Hornworm (2)The hornworms generally stop feeding after being parasitized and the tiny parasitic wasps that hatch will continue to populate your garden, helping control unwanted pests.

If you’re squeamish, you might not want to watch!

Happy gardening!

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2 responses to “Good and Bad Bugs in the Garden

  1. Short, well-written, and to the point, Jill!

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