If you enjoy gawking at giant bugs, this one’s for you. This monstrous caterpillar had Reddit buzzing last year after it was caught red-handed.
The 3-inch-plus hornworm was plump as can be, and it blended in perfectly with the green branch of the tomatillo plant on which it was found.
“Put a collar and a leash on it,” one user joked.
Another replied: “Right? Go register that beast with the town and be sure to bring proof of rabies vaccination.”
The jovial conversation came at the cost of two tomatillo plants, though the poster’s tomatoes — in the opposite corner of their Denver garden — were untouched.
Other users came with their own stories.
“I didn’t know what they were until … someone posted a picture of one on reddit,” one wrote. “I thought it was birds picking the tops off my tomato and pepper plants. I found 5 of these giant things tonight. They decimated my tomato and pepper plants in just a few days.”
Handpicking is the best method for ridding a garden of the caterpillars, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, though hornworms can be particularly tough to spot. Tilling soil to kill larvae and pupae, attracting insects such as wasps and ladybugs, and planting herbs such as dill or basil can also help.
Still, their former iterations can be the stuff of nightmares.
This gigantic one left a lasting impression on the poster.
“Okay so I actually did have nightmares about him last night!” they wrote. “I dreamt that I woke up and my entire garden was eaten and all that was left were hundreds of these thicc boys.”
“He deserves his own 1950s monster movie,” one user quipped.
Another offered a money-making venture: “Charge rent.”
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