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Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Description and Biology of Hornworms

Tobacco hornworm on tomato black tomato hornworm

(photo above of uncommon black tomato hornworm by Sara Moize – thanks Sara!)

hornworm eggs are laid singly, usually on the underside of the leaf

Tobacco hornworm covered with the pupae of the parasitic Braconid wasp

hornworm with parasitic wasp pupae

Close-up of pupae showing where wasps have emerged

Wasp emerging from pupa

Recently emerged wasp about to take flight

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