MaddieLynn got me two tomato plants for Mother's Day. Curiously, they have flowered, but never produced a single tomato.
After doing a little reading, I concluded that the it has been too hot for tomatoes. Either that or I'm not a good gardener. I suspect it may be the latter, but my official stance is that the life draining 130 degree heat is to blame. (Seriously, the thermostat at the pool read 130 the other day! I tried to take a picture, but you know... the whole camera issue.)
Anyway, I guess today the stars are aligned just so because my camera decided to function and even let me load the pictures!
Here is what we have found on our tomato plants. I guess if they won't produce tomatos, they might as well produce something we can study.
These are actually tobacco hornworms. They eat up to 4x their body weight each day and grow to about 4" long. They then bury themselves in the ground and morph into Carolina sphinx moths.
MaddieLynn made this little habitat with a hinged lid for feeding and a see through window so we could watch the whole process unfold.
We collected several sizes. Here is a teeny one.
See more tomato worm photos here.