tomato hornworm

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Definition of tomato hornworm 

: a North American hawk moth (Manduca quinquemaculata) whose green larva is a hornworm feeding on leaves of plants of the nightshade family and especially tobacco and tomato

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Skeletonized tomato leaves and tiny balls of green are evidence of tomato hornworms in your garden. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "For SoCal gardeners, a June gloom tipsheet," 31 May 2018 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret To Growing The Most Flavorful Eggplants," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of tomato hornworm

1921, in the meaning defined above

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