Tobacco Budworm

These caterpillars are feeding on flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris)

There’s an obvious reason why these moth caterpillars are called tobacco budworms!

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Each one feeds with it head in a hole that it made in a bud.

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The caterpillars vary in size and

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and in color.

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Their feeding method keeps me chuckling every time I’m among them.

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Obviously, nature has a sense of humor too.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Amazing! Does it leave the tobacco leaves alone?

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  2. That’s interesting. I’d bet they could do a lot of damage in a tobacco field. You got some excellent shots of them doing their thing.

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