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 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, "Garden Mastery: Here’s how to identify and manage insect pests in your garden," 12 Sep. 2020 But as with the tomato hornworm, these efforts to disseminate truth did not change how the rumors spread. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 This appearance of the tomato hornworm was followed by terrifying reports of fatal poisonings and aggressive behavior toward people. Scientific American, "How Misinformation Spreads—and Why We Trust It," 3 Sep. 2019 Joyce Mason, Pleasant Hill DEAR JOYCE: Your caterpillar is a tomato hornworm. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "What was this caterpillar up to in a Pleasant Hill garden bed?," 15 July 2019 The tomato hornworm is a large, green caterpillar with a red horn on its rear. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018 Hand picking is also effective for tomato hornworms, 4-inch green caterpillars with white stripes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The Secret to Growing the Most Flavorful Eggplants," 27 July 2018

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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