‘[Four] of them totally destroyed my garden’

After months spent tending to your vegetable garden, it can be frustrating when pests destroy your hard work. One Redditor recently shared a photo of a troublesome garden pest that had enjoyed snacking on their pepper plant.

In a popular Reddit post, the user included a photo of the hornworm that has taken up residence in their garden.

Hornworms are large caterpillars with horn-like tails. They are the larval stage of the five-spotted hawk moth. Before their metamorphosis into adulthood, five-spotted hawk moths spend a few weeks as three- to four-inch-long green caterpillars.

Their favorite foods are typically tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and other plants in the nightshade family.


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These pests are commonly found throughout North America, from northern Mexico to the southern regions of Canada. For this unlucky gardener, this was their first encounter with a hornworm.

“We don’t have the heart

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