tomato hornworm

noun

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

Examples of tomato hornworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Common pests include the tomato hornworm (a large green caterpillar that can be picked off by hand), aphids (which can be sprayed with a mild solution of soapy water), and whiteflies. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 19 Apr. 2021 For example, the aforementioned and dreaded tomato hornworm metamorphizes into the large sphinx moth, a nighttime pollinator important to pitahaya and other night-blooming plants. Linda Jones, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2020 But as with the tomato hornworm, these efforts to disseminate truth did not change how the rumors spread. Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2019 This appearance of the tomato hornworm was followed by terrifying reports of fatal poisonings and aggressive behavior toward people. Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2019 Joyce Mason, Pleasant Hill DEAR JOYCE: Your caterpillar is a tomato hornworm. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 15 July 2019 The tomato hornworm is a large, green caterpillar with a red horn on its rear. Dan Gill, nola.com, 13 Apr. 2019 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2018 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of tomato hornworm

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Tomato hornworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tomato%20hornworm. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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