A couple ?s about Hornworms... - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-12-2012, 08:19 AM - Thread Starter
 
ellairiesmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Back Where It All Began...Frankford Twp, NJ
Posts: 1,014
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

First off...GROSS!!!!  I am just completely freaked out by the look of these things...holy huge.  

 

Did some reading here & online & couldn't take anymore...was starting to gag.  Here are my leftover ?s:

 

1) So the ones with the white parasitic wasp eggs all over them that I am supposed to leave on there...are those "braconid wasps" truly not stinging kinds?  My tomatoes are in containers along our driveway & I take the kids in & out of the car right next to them.  I am very allergic to bees/wasps.  I am reading online that most parasitic wasps do not sting humans but I am wondering if anyone with experience here can confirm what happens when these crazy things hatch?

 

2) When I put my containers away below the deck for the winter...should I dump them in the woods & just start with new soil next season?  I only "turned over" the 1st few inches deep this year and the soil in there sat for 18 months not being used or turned at all previously.

 

3) Should I get the courage to cut a stem off with one of the little shits on it without any white eggs & do the mason jar thing so the girls can watch it transform?  Can I leave it outside on the deck to do so?  

 

TIA!


Stephanie~hippie.gifwife to Dov, mama to Ella Irie (9/24/07) & Kaya Raine (2/1/10)~our vbac.gifbaby, born 45 hours after PROM!!!
ellairiesmom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-12-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Doodlebugsmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,825
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

They are braconid wasps, and they do not sting. They are very beneficial for your garden! I would leave them alone and let your children observe them in the garden instead of removing one and placing it in a jar. Here's some info on them:

 

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/beneficial-insect-braconid-wasps/index.html
 

Doodlebugsmom is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off