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THIS is an Angel's Trumpet (Datura innoxia, not to be confused with Brugmansia, which is an annual.) Pretty, right? Grows to 5 - 8 ft. tall, and about that around. Mine is about 4 feet up and across. Nice. Best thing? It LOVES the heat. Loves shade. Loves sun. No pruning. To say that I love this pretty little plant is an understatement.

This is what I found on it:

(OKAY. That is ACTUAL SIZE. I measured my screen. FUGGIN' GROOOSSSSS.)

That is a tomato hornworm. They are squirmy, thick bodied, and I did the Ooogie Shiver dance (while wearing my leather rose-pruning gloves) each time I YANKED one off. I had to YANK. They are disgusting and I hate them. That is a deck of playing cards, and they were all as long as that. EWWWW. Thicker than my thumb. EWWWWWWW!!

I would like to state that there were FIFTEEN of them. I collected seeds yesterday, and checked the plant. There were no tomato hornworms. Almost the ENTIRE plant has been defoliated. (No leaves.) I have four daturas. FOUR. They ate them all.

The cats are no longer outside. They scare the birds away. Currently mocking birds are having a feast in my driveway. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

In other news, I am writing AU RPS with VK and William "Peter, High Kiing of Narnia" Somebody Hot Lips. Clearly this is a plague of locusts being visited on me. Don't make me bust out the DDT. DON'T. MAKE. ME.


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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)

*joins you in the icky dance*
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)

Eww eww EWWWW!! And they were so wiggly and STRONG (eww!) that I could feel them trying to break free in my thick leather gloves and they wanted to slip into my glove and squirm on my poor tender flesh I KNOW IT!!!

*scrubs forever!!*
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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
This? is why I don't garden.

You have my sympathy, because that looks like something Buffy would ask Giles to look up in his books and then make Spike come along with her when she went to kill it.
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)

Fuggin' nasty. (Normally, birds would have a FIELD day with them, and I never would have known. BUT. The kitties have taken to napping in the plant's shade, so the birds are smart.)

I could have sprayed Bt (harmless to everything BUT worms) but then I would have had to go to the store, buy some, yadda yadda. Fast and nasty.

GLEH. (Seriously. Look at a deck of cards. That lon or slightly longer, and MAN THUMB thick. *cries*)
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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
*grabby hands*

Cannot wait.
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
*types furiously* See, I shouldn't have stopped writing, and I shouldn't have gone outside.

(Okay, Vinnie's been sent to a public school in England, and they're roommates. They're getting naked. Um... there will be full mouths on parts. And quiet gasps.)

...I'm going to need an icon. (Gah, the picture I found of William, OH GOD.)
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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeoaugh. NASTY caterpillars.

HATE tomato hornworms, and am now freaking out about the four heirloom tomato plants I have sitting in their plastic house (against late blight).

I think, though, that the yellow jackets eat first instars, so I should be OK.

Julia, as long as I don't get stung by the yellowjackets, that is.

Aug. 19th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
See, THIS is why I told my husband to not knock out the wasp nest in the back of the house where NO ONE GOES. Wasps LOVE these nasty bastards.

Yellowjackets. Oh, god. I'm so allergic, I can't begin to tell you.

*crosses fingers for your plants* Oh, and the TOMATOES THAT AREN'T PUTTING OUT are fine. In case you wondered. bastards.
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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
The first time I found a horned worm on one of my pepper plants I used a pair of metal tongs to take it off :D...hehehe. I can only imagine how funny I looked outside with oven mitts and metal tongs afraid the horn part would sting the crap out of me as I ran around the yard trying to find a "good place to throw it out of harms way". My 70+ year old neighbor walked up on the scene and laughed, he pulled the thing off of the tongs using his bare fingers, threw it on the concrete and smooshed it with his sneakers.
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I thought it was a sphinx moth larvae at first, so I didn't kill the first one. Then I pulled out my larvae to butterfly book and saw it was EVIL. They all got tossed to the driveway for the birds.


Oh but bare fingers?? eeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwWWWWWWWWWW!
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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
NO. NO THEY ARE NOT COOL BUGS. The dill I plant in the back SPECIFICALLY for swallowtail and monarch larvae? Those are cool. These had to be YANKED, Beth. *cries*

15. 15!!! YOU got a purdy, purdy mouth.
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)

So not for me.

Aug. 19th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
See, and I have this WHOLE POST on IPM (integrated pest management) I want to do to explain WHY THIS IS HAPPENING TO ME. *cries*

But only three people will care, and it will be way too detailed and lame.

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Aug. 19th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oh.My.God. Those are just HIDEOUS! Not enough words for the ick. I'm doing battle with Japanese beetles at the moment...and losing. Gah.
Aug. 19th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
I KNOW. *cries* And I feel bad because they ARE the caterpillars that turn into hummingbrid moths here, but COME ON. (I'm the only one in my neighborhood with any type of plant life, so I get ALL the bugs.)

Oooh, to battle those summbitches, you have to treat them at a certain time of the year - you treat the grubs in your lawn. What state are you in, and I'll look it up for you. (If you want)
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Aug. 20th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
I've got the annual Datura in my garden but it re-seeds itself so it might as well be a perennial IMO. And I haven't seen one of those hornworms in years, come to think of it I haven't seen any predatory anythings in a long time... just bees, dragonflies and butterflies. Hmmm...
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
If it's the annual, it's a Brugmansia. Datura is a perrenial. (Is it coming up from the same root? Or in a different place? That'll tell you right there.)

And aren't they NASTY??? I have ALL the bugs, since I'm the only one in four blocks with any sort of plant life. GAH.
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Aug. 20th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
*reads the last paragraph*

You'll make sure I notice that when you post it, yes? 8)
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I know my girls who have the first class tickets for the handbasket, uh huh.
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Aug. 20th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Aaaahhhhhhhhhh! ::shivers:: You actually have birds big enough to eat those?

::continues to skeeve::
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)


Our neighbor's cat was eaten by an owl two years ago. Yeah. Yeah, we have birds big enough. Haven't you heard about things in Texas? ;)
Aug. 20th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm torn between "awesome!" and "oh, gross". Although having them on your plants definitely cuts down on the awesome part.

Your RPS is strangely intriguing.
Aug. 20th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
It IS intriguing, right? It's all Kita's fault. (Yay!)

And they (the 'pillars) are GROSS. They turn into hummingbrid moths, which is wonderful, but 15!! They completely destroyed all but FIVE leaves on four plants. :(

(One or two, I would have left them. 15!!!)
Aug. 20th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
Years ago, before I knew about the horn part, I saw one on my tomato plant and figured it was just a caterpillar. It stabbed me. Stabbed me with the horn and wouldn't let go. It wrapped itself around my finger. I had to tear it off. One of the most disgusting garden incidents I have ever had. Now I use gloves too. Tongs are a great idea.
Aug. 20th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)

That may be the most horrifying thing I've read. I am SO SORRY. *napalms your NEIGHBORHOOD* Gah. *hugs hugs hugs*
Aug. 20th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
This? Is why I do NOT garden. I'm allergic to nature. *does the oogie shiver dance*
Aug. 20th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
NORMALLY NATURE GIVES ME PLEASURE!! *cries, eats more ice cream for its medicinal properties*

*also does the hippy hippy shake for good measure*
Aug. 20th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
It does grow up to be a rather pretty moth.

Five Spotted Hawkmoth

In my garden, I get a lot of hummingbird clearwings, hopefully it will stay that way.

And here's a suggestion: Fried Green Tomato Hornworms. Yummy!

Aug. 20th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
Here is becomes a hummingbird moth - they're pretty too, but 15 in my garden at once is far too many. Let them eat cake. Or the neighbors plants. *cries for my garden* As if the drought and triple digits weren't damaging enough...

(And EWWWW. hahahahaha!)
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