Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sci Fi Muse Vs ME!!

For the past few days I have been trying to figure out WTH is going on with my poor Grape Tomato plants. I could tell that "something" was feverishly munching away. I was looking for the same little black monsters that were eating my Dahlias in the front border. I only saw ONE. Now I know that this skinny short black booger was not the culprit!! And that's when I found the 3rd cousin twice removed, of the muse for the dreaded Alien that made Sigourney Weaver look good bald.

Seriously!!Doesn't that look like an eye on the side?? It arched up when I touched it with a twig and EWWMG I swear that thing was laughing at me!!
Look at the destruction it has caused!!

All my leaves are gone. All my buds are gone. I was so upset!! This creature of evolution even munched on a few actual fruits!! WAH WAH WAH.... see my cute puppy in the back tho?? She's so sweet.

Well from the size of this veggie eater, I could only assume that he could not have done this alone. I was so very right. I found 10!! That's right TEEEEEEN!!! I couldn't believe it!! Now I need to clip off all the branches that they ceased useless. No reason for them to use much needed energy. I really hate spraying anything on my plants. Especially the ones that the little thumbs will be eating from.... SO I decided to have a little fun!!
I picked up two twigs long enough so that they couldn't attack me. They are freaky I tell ya!! They needed to be sturdy enough for me to pick them from their meal though.

NOW the fun began!!!!

One by one they lost their food then got squished!! Some of them did not want to die I tell ya!! They wouldn't let go of their perch....almost as if they knew what was about to happen. I just couldn't let them stay their no matter what. If I hadn't gone out there that day they would have surely eaten both plants in no time.

So these are the first few i snagged and made sure they would never return. Check out that spike??
I wonder if that spike is poisonous???


tonsofsons said...

Those nasty creatures! Sorry to hear about your grape tomatoes. ):

Thanks for visiting me at Training Tons of Sons.

Heather said...

Eww Ewww!! Blech!!

Frugal Wench said...

Those critters totally stripped my datura in one night. Datura is also a member of the nightshade family. They started on a brug, but I caught 'em and into the drink they went. Drowned 'em!

Platismatia said...

I had an infestation of tomato hornworms last year as well, here in Lafayette. I had about 5 plants totally defoliated. I kept picking and squishing for about a week, then finally got some organic insecticide from GardensAlive (I forget what it was called, but it's basically a biocontrol solution...fight the crawlies with a bacteria). They were gone in a few days and some of the defoliated plants actually came back and produced a couple of small 'maters.

Avis said...

Wow, I've never seen anything like that before! Do you know what they are? Does anyone? Freaky!

Nitin said...

wow!! those looks like super alien space mutant worms.. damn scary ones.. !! what was that thing anyways?? did it eat the whole plant??