Recently I found this brown space alien into one of our raised beds. This is the pupa, or resting phase, of the tomato hornworm. This is the stage of development between the worm or larva and the adult hummingbird or sphinx moth. This insect is a voracious feeder of all garden plants but particularly tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and even grapes!
Right now you can dispose of them. But later in the spring after planting you will want to protect your plants with either Bt or Spinosad.
|Hummingbird or Sphinx moth|
|Bt can be found under the names of Dipel or Thuricide as well.|
|One of the names for Spinosad. Check the ingredients|