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A tomato hornworm paralyzed by parasitic braconid wasps.

The tomato hornworm develops into a Sphinx moth if left on the tomato plant to feed. Many times the braconid wasp will lay its eggs in the tomato hornworm where they feed, paralyzing the caterpillar. The tomato hornworm is often considered a pest in the vegetable garden, often devouring an entire tomato plant in days. The Sphinx moth feeds on nectar and is a pollinator.

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Paralyzed

A tomato hornworm paralyzed by parasitic braconid wasps.

The tomato hornworm develops into a Sphinx moth if left on the tomato plant to feed. Many times the braconid wasp will lay its eggs in the tomato hornworm where they feed, paralyzing the caterpillar. The tomato hornworm is often considered a pest in the vegetable garden, often devouring an entire tomato plant in days. The Sphinx moth feeds on nectar and is a pollinator.

#photography #insects #caterpillar #larvae #tomatohornworm #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar #buggylunch +Buggy Lunch +Mandy Allen +Jean-Yves Casalis #bugseveryday +BugsEveryday +Chris Mallory #inpraiseofpollinators  +Dusty Gedge #quirkynature +Quirky Nature +Carissa Braun #nikonshooters   #macro4all  +Macro4All +Walter Soestbergen 

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