|Fat and Juicy Hornworms|
Anyone who has grown tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and other members of the Nightshade Family (Solanaceae), have run into the dreaded Hornworm at some point. These big, fat, fleshy green caterpillars have been known to devour the leaves and fruit on these plants. They are distinctive with their black and white striping and the little red horn on their trailing end.
Tomato Hornworm Fact Sheet
Given their bright green color they can be hard to detect until they sit fat and happy on the lone branches left on the plant. Constant vigilance in checking your plants can keep them at bay, especially when you notice leaves being chomped. Marigolds have been known to keep them at a distance, and apparently they even glow under black lights at night.
So what does one do with hornworms after they have been caught?
The other day while visiting our local reptile store with my son and a friend of his, I noticed a container with several very large hornworms feeding on some grotesque leafy mixture. When I asked the store owner what he used them for, he said that Bearded Dragons love them.
Funny...we have a Bearded Dragon at home.
So for 50 cents my son and his friend gleefully took one home and immediately fed it to our Dragon. After about 3 seconds of measuring up this fat, green treat, the Dragon inhaled it with four or five quick chews, sat down in the corner and took a nap.
Below are a few images of our Dragon having his meal, this should be good therapy for those who have suffered the damage of feeding hornworms. It is kind of a funny encounter of two living creatures that would never find each other in their natural habitats.
|Going in for the kill...|
|Man, this is going to be a big bite.|
|Time for a nap.|