Is this the hawk moth responsible for the tomato horn worms I wrote about on August 17th?
I found this one hanging around my kitchen window recently, probably on her way to lay eggs (or whatever it is they do) on my tomato plants. That was before I knew she was responsible for the damage to my tomato plants, otherwise, I might have sent her off to her great reward in the sky instead of taking her picture. What an odd-looking cuss!
I am trying to imagine what possible purpose they have in nature. All I can see is that they wreak havoc on vegetation. I wouldn't mind if they ate kudzu, but my tomato plants are off-limits to anyone but me.
I harvested the first tomato yesterday and there are 2 more small ones in progress. I sure hope I get to eat them before the first frost sets in!