I'm very fond of butterflies. I love watching them fluttering across the lawn or studding the flowers on my buddleia bush. Every so often one flutters into my greenhouse and bangs against the glass a few times before finding its way back out.
Unfortunately I think one of these butterflies has left me a little present.
Over the past few weeks I've been noticing holes in the leaves of my peppers and tomato plants. The holes have been getting bigger. One day I spotted a hole in one of my unripe tomatoes. I pulled it off, but the hole was empty.
Today I spotted the droppings. Unmistakable caterpillar droppings - and not small ones either!
I tried turning over the leaves but I couldn't see anything. Wherever these caterpillars are hiding they're too clever for me!
I looked in my book under common pests and diseases, but there's no mention of caterpillars eating tomato plants.
They're munching their way through my greenhouse!!
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