I can't call them just tomato hornworms after the ghastly devastation overnight. After supper last evening, I was admiring my ripening and soon-to-ripen peppers: cubanelles, gypsies, anaheims, and carmens. I had lost one cubanelle pepper to an unknown varmint that took a big bite out of the middle of it before it had completely turned orange.
This morning, I woke to carnage. I am now down to one gypsy sweet pepper, no cubanelles, no anaheims, and lost a good half-dozen carmens in addition to a handful of my beloved datils ... and the culprits were hornworms. Big, fat, juicy hornworms ... yes, the chickens have had a great morning as I found hornworm after hornworm and put them through the chicken wire.
For the record, hornworms are even more difficult to spot on pepper plants than they are on tomato plants. It took me four or five times hunting to find the one on the datil pepper plants.
Right now, I feel discouraged, as if I am simply growing hornworm bait in my garden boxes.
Don't even get me started on the battle to keep the lawn tamed.