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Just picked a couple of the big fat green bastards off of my tomatoes. Has anyone ever tried to use them as bait? They spit some pretty nasty juice when you grab them, and probably taste bad...
 

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I doubt they taste very appetizing to a fish but if you got some Catalpa trees(some people call them "cigar trees") in your vicinity, check for the big green and yellow caterpillers which eat the leaves of those trees. Pick yourself a dozen or so and you got some first class catfish bait! Sunfish will devour them also.
 

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Never tried them as bait. I do know, however, that if left to develop into the adult stage, they become pretty cool moths.

http://butterfly-moth.20m.com/tomato-worm0.html

http://www.cirrusimage.com/moths_hummingbird_clearwing.htm

A single one can defoliate a lot of tomato plant. If the bait experiment doesn't work, I'd just move them to some other spot far away from the garden. We have the moths come to our butterfly bushes every year, and they really do make you think "hummingbird."

When my brothers and I were boys, we planted one in the grass under the clothesline. Short time later, Mom screamed, the basket of whites flew, and we got whipped.;) Come to think of it, that particular one may have gone fishing...

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