If you have ever grown tomatoes, then you may have seen green-colored caterpillar pests. These are usually two main pest species, tobacco hornworms and tomato hornworms. These species can be found in southern Canada and various regions of the United States. These big, green insects can damage the tomato crop in no time. Not just that, but they feed on other plants in the nightshade family like tobacco, potatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants. Hornworm caterpillars blend easily with the green foliage and eat non-stop, while creating chewed and spotty fruits and leaves.
Hornworm caterpillars belong to the Sphingidae moth family. They are called hornworms due to their horn-like projections at the eighth abdominal segment’s end. These pests are known for their horns and large size than other species. Some, such as tobacco and tomato hornworms are the most common pests.