User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 16

Thread: I thought capsaicin was a pest DETERRANT!

  1. #1
    Enthusiastic Enthusiast Zath's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    VA, USA
    Posts
    583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    I thought capsaicin was a pest DETERRANT!

    I found this Tobacco / Tomato Hornworm on my deck this morning, passed out like a Greco-Roman after a night of hedonistic feasting and orgies. The surprising thing was WHAT he had been eating; Habanero peppers.





    O.O

    I ain't mad. I have more peppers than I know what to do with. Kinda wish he'd gone for one of the Cayenne plants though, lol.

    This sucker (when not scrunched up in defense) is close to 5" long. Officially the largest caterpillar I've ever seen with my own eyes.

    (Edit) Better pic:

    Last edited by Zath; 09-09-2014 at 06:36 AM.

  2. #2
    jafvortex93's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Fort lauderdale, Florida
    Posts
    479
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    looks like a pokemon
    Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings.

  3. #3
    I Am the Terror Of the Night! NemJones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Zone 5
    Posts
    830
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oooo hes really pretty. Nice find

  4. #4
    CephFan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's a sausage! I know it's a pest but I'd be tempted to keep it in a box and wait for it to pupate.

    The pupa looks like an alien!
    Cheers
    Steve
    Proud holder of every species in the family Cephalotaceae in my collection.

  5. #5
    Enthusiastic Enthusiast Zath's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    VA, USA
    Posts
    583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CephFan View Post
    It's a sausage! I know it's a pest but I'd be tempted to keep it in a box and wait for it to pupate.

    The pupa looks like an alien!
    Cheers
    Steve
    Thought about it, but the resulting moth, while impressive in size, is decidedly unimpressive in looks. He'll hopefully be better off in the yard....where I chucked him....from the deck. :P

    (Don't worry, I haven't mowed my yard in ages, his fall got broken by the knee-length grass on the hill, haha.

  6. #6
    The Snake Charmer TongueFlicker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Madina't Isa, Bahrain
    Posts
    91
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is it poisonous by nature? It looks like a year-supply of vitamins for a leopard gecko lol
    Neil

    "With great power comes great electricity bill.."

  7. #7
    carnivorous plants of the world -- unite! DragonsEye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,397
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They will feed on just about any member of the nightshade family.

    If you did desire to carry it through pupation, put it in a container with a few inches of damp (not wet) soil. Keep putting fresh tomato branches or branches/fruit from your pepper plants daily. One day it will "disappear" as they pupate underground. The moths they turn into are pretty cool. As a group they are sometimes referred to as "hummingbird moths" as they are not only about the size of a hummingbird but feed in the same manner ... hovering in front of the flowers they are feeding from. (Commonly mistaken for hummers from a distance.)

    If you should see a plethora of small white football-shaped objects appear on its body, then you won't be getting an adult moth out of it. The white objects would be the cocoons of a parasitic wasp. The wasp injects its eggs into the caterpillar, the larvae hatch and feed on the caterpillar's internal organs, and then finally emerge and spin their cocoons on the caterpillar's exterior. Caterpillar may still be alive at that point, but the internal damage is too great for it to survive to adulthood.
    "Blessed are the cracked….
    For they are the ones who let in the light."



  8. #8
    Enthusiastic Enthusiast Zath's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    VA, USA
    Posts
    583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsEye View Post
    The moths they turn into are pretty cool. As a group they are sometimes referred to as "hummingbird moths" as they are not only about the size of a hummingbird but feed in the same manner ... hovering in front of the flowers they are feeding from. (Commonly mistaken for hummers from a distance.)
    Awwwww.....darn, lol.

    I saw a picture of the moth, but it didn't look like the hummingbird moths I've caught in the past. If I'd known that I may very well have kept him, though I didn't know they burrowed. When I let a Luna Moth pupate in an aquarium it just wrapped itself in grass and drying leaves and glued it shut.

    Couple months went by, and I figured conditions in the house had killed it, so I picked it up to throw it in the yard, and heard a scritching sound from inside. Couple days later it emerged.

    Then I froze it and framed it in a shadow box. ;P Still have it on my wall, though it's starting to disintegrate after a few years.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •