Meals on Wheels (Braconid Wasps on Hornworm)

We are excited that our integrated pest management is showing promise.  In the garden, we found 2 hornworms hosting the beneficial Braconid Wasps eggs.  You can learn more about these beneficials at Texas A&M University’s Horticulture site.  The adult parasitic wasps are attracted to the nectar in the buckwheat and flowers we have in the garden.  They then prey on the hornworms on which they lay their eggs, eventually killing their host, and hence protecting our tomatoes from the hornworms.”This tiny wasp considers the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) and the tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata) “meals on wheels.”  This allows a natural balance in the garden without using broad-spectrum pesticides.

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