Category Archives: Braconid Wasp

Letting the Good Bugs Win

Hi there.

This is a story of what happens when, instead of automatically grabbing the insecticide, you let nature take its course.

Yesterday I noticed this on my tomato plants:

Tomato Hornworm 09-13

It’s the Tomato Hornworm.  It’s really kinda pretty except for the fact that it’s eating all the leaves on my tomato plants.  And I think it turns into one of the Hawk Moths, which are cool.  Well, I decided to leave it be for the time being.  The next day I went to see how much more he’d eaten and this is what I found:

Parasitic Wasps on Tomato Hornworm 09-14

How cool is that!  Ok, it’s kinda yucky but still very cool.   The white stuff is the larva of the Braconid Wasp, which is a natural predator of the Tomato Hornworm.  BW is a tiny beneficial bug that lays its eggs inside the TH, then the larva eat their way out, eventually killing the TH.  If you leave the TH on the plant and let the BWs do their thing, then you’ll have plenty of new BWs flitting around your garden doing their best to keep your garden free of Tomato Hornworms.

And that, my friend, is nature at its best.

Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Jeanni and Gibbs