[NAFEX] Hornworms on Apples??

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Fri May 7 18:14:45 EDT 2004

I had several of these a year ago or so - giant caterpillars 
defoliating my little apple tree.  At first I thought they were tomato 
hormworms, but I looked them up in my trusty bug guide, and indeed, 
they were sphinx, just as Lon says.  I treated them like tomato 
hornworms, though. (e.g., hand picked them off the plant.  big suckers, 
but they can be hard to see hiding under the leaves.)  I've also had 
large swallowtail caterpillars on the apples.


On May 7, 2004, at 3:38 PM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

>  The Achemon sphinx moth has a caterpillar that looks very much like 
> the tomato hornworm, but it feeds on non-solanaceous plants.  In 
> California it is often found on grapes.  You might have that or 
> another sphinx moth species, but the true tomato hornworm only feeds 
> on solanaceous plants.
> I just found what appears to be a tomato hornworm on my apples.  It
>  seems to be feasting on my very small nickel-sized apples - it eats 
> them
>  about half-way, and then moves on.
>  Has anyone ever seen this?  It's a first for me - I thought they just
>  did solanaceae.
>  Thanks,
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