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Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by windmillacres, Oct 11, 2006.
i need to know!!
Hornworms leave rather large droppings behind, check the stem above the poo and you will find your visitor. They are hard to see but this method works everytime. If you don't remove it, it will keep eating until it gets attacked by parasitic wasps or burrows into the soil to pupate.
Shake the plant by sections. They make a clicking noise when disturbed.
or stand real still and after a few minutes they will begin to chew again and you will hear them!
Bribe a kid to find them for a quarter apiece . They have much better eyesight, and are built closer to the ground. If properly motivated it can be a game for them to see who finds the most. AND, they love to watch the ducks fight over the great big juicy GREEN catapillars. My daughter is too old for that now, so I must resort to bribing my son.
Oh, and those other suggestions are great if you have no kids to bribe.
I hate when they click at me, but I never thought about shaking the plant deliberately to make them do it - good trick!