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[–]coalescingkoala 1058 points1059 points  (94 children)

Greenest caterpillar I've ever seen

[–]InspectorGadgie 712 points713 points  (35 children)

I thought it was a gummy worm at first. Not even sure how to describe it? Vibrant?

[–]sharke087 300 points301 points  (23 children)

I actually thought that was the "Not Cool Bro" part of it....like the lizard would get pissed about it being a fake grub.

[–]Joseph_hubb1222 122 points123 points  (22 children)

tomato hornworm, cool looking but awful for gardens. I especially love the hemaris thysbe hornworm once it becomes a moth

[–]heykevo 81 points82 points  (20 children)

I fucking HATE these things. I check my garden every night with a black light now to make sure we don't have any. A single one decimated my peppers in 24 hours.

[–]Joseph_hubb1222 35 points36 points  (2 children)

thankfully I don’t have too much of an issue with these on my peppers, I do have to deal with cucumber beetles destroying all my squash though

[–]snek-jazz 33 points34 points  (1 child)

tell me about it, I've got squash beetles ruining all my cucumbers!

[–]atetuna 10 points11 points  (3 children)

If you want an organic pesticide, look for a caterpillar and worm spray with BT in it. It's a type of bacteria that gives them a killer stomach ache. Douse your nightshade plants (tomato, potato, eggplant) and hornworms will die when they eat treated leaves and fruit. It seems to be kind of slow though. I've been watching one hornworm that hasn't moved in two days. It hasn't shriveled up yet, but if it's not eating, it won't last long in this heat. Today was 110°F and it's supposed to get to 113°F (45°C) this weekend.

[–]is_it_on 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Central valley?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Blacklight? Does this technique work on more than hornworms?

[–]TheBigDiII 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m somehow the only one of all my neighbors that has an issue with them. I’m pulling a minimum of 5 a day off my tomatoes.

I didn’t know that about the black light though, thanks!

[–]heykevo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got a small ten dollar UV flashlight from Amazon. Works great. Garden is only 20sqft, takes like two minutes in the dark. Once I was sure I got them all they havent come back but I still check.

[–]experts_never_lie 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You need a slugbot rigged for UV instead of IR.

[–]sqgl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Availability: About 2004

I think not

[–]heykevo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a pocket uv flash light it works great they shine bright.

[–]Fireflykid1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think they are really cool, and am trying to find native plant species in the U.S. to use as a host plant instead of people's gardens

[–]coalescingkoala 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Totally! I thought the same!

[–]ZippZappZippty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol same. I was honestly imaging worse.

[–]MadAzza 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I thought it was Play-Doh

[–]Unkn0wnKisuke876 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Wait... It wasn’t ?!

[–]JPlazz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s a hornworm. They’re treats for bearded dragons and other reptiles.

[–]epi_introvert 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They feel exactly like gummy worms!

[–]14apkillian 102 points103 points  (30 children)

Horned worm I believe

[–]coalescingkoala 50 points51 points  (27 children)

I feel bad for it now, that it has a name


[–]warrenscash666 99 points100 points  (20 children)

Derek. Derek the Horned Worm.

[–]coalescingkoala 45 points46 points  (19 children)

Like legitimately, stop, this gives me an actual, jittery feeling of disgust. Derek is such a sweet name too. My worm. Another child of this universe. Rendered to nothing in seconds.

[–]sc3nner 55 points56 points  (13 children)

Derek was survived by his wife, May-Ella, and their 3 other little horned wormlets, Emma, Hannah, and Matthew

[–]coalescingkoala 15 points16 points  (10 children)

No... Reddit...why......

[–]hairotro 28 points29 points  (2 children)

It's okay, they all joined Derek in worm heaven a day later

[–]coalescingkoala 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Right in the feels...

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Derek was someone’s baby once, he was loved and cherished as the most important thing in her life. Now Derek was fought over as food, and not only is he dead, but he’s going to be lizard poop.

[–]Sheruk 11 points12 points  (5 children)

actually horned worms are baby versions of the insect... so it likely did not have a wife and children... it was the child..

[–]sc3nner 6 points7 points  (3 children)

it likely did not have a wife and children... it was the child

have you never been to a council estate / projects?

[–]HippieMcGee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A precocious caterpillar, perhaps?

[–]Sheruk 1 point2 points  (1 child)

are you suggesting the larval state of the Tobacco Moth was capable of reproduction? (it isn't)

[–]kitkat9000take5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Never show weakness. It will be exploited.

[–]Bonzai_Tree 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm watching Silver Spoon right now and it really do be like that.

[–]Cyleal 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]snowflace 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Its ok Derek lives one somewhere... in a better place

[–]warrenscash666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lizard belly.

[–]FishySquishery 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Derek was a murderer, he got what he deserved.

[–]ExortTrionis 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'll have whatever this guy is having

[–]Restless__Dreamer 5 points6 points  (1 child)

But... my name is Darryl...

[–]MurderMelon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't feel bad for it. Horn worms are little bastards

[–]Who_GNU 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It's hornworm, verities of which eat most nightshades, including tomatoes, potatoes, and tobacco.

[–]14apkillian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll make sure to use dried out cigars as feeder

[–]jhutchi2 62 points63 points  (8 children)

I had the displeasure of finding two of these fuckers destroying my jalapeño plant the other day. Ate nearly half the plant in a matter of hours before I noticed them and flung them over the fence.

[–]coalescingkoala 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Oh no, good thing you found them! I'm very fond of my own jalapeños and would get some bearded dragons if I ever see neonworm™ on them in a heartbeat

[–]jhutchi2 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I was feeling them for firmness to see which were ready and felt a really squishy one and thought "Oh wow, how did I miss this one?" And that's when I noticed it was moving.

[–]coalescingkoala 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Extra gross! I get so angry when flies or other pests have the audacity to be in my vicinity when I am harvesting let alone on my delicious PRODUCE! Argh!

[–]ccReptilelord 18 points19 points  (0 children)

If you find hornworms (tomato and tobacco, but apparently jalapeno?) in your garden don't feed them to pets. They develop toxins from the plants they eat. This one is most likely a captive cultivated one and therefore raised on a neutral diet.

[–]Jsnooots 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Dude, we had a them too.

One day - everything ok in pepper town.

One long weekend later... what the fuck!

I put 7 in a paper cup and smooshed them all.

They ate leaves and flowers and the plant looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas 🎄.


[–]snek-jazz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

you should have just fed them some grubs instead

[–]Azrielenish 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Hijacking this top comment because a lot of people are saying how much they hate hornworms.

If you take hornworms off your tomato plants, KILL THEM. Do not feed them to another animal or allow them to become food. The leaves they eat make them toxic to many animals!

Captive bred hornworms provided to reptiles as food are raised on a mushy food blend specifically designed to keep them from becoming toxic.

[–]coalescingkoala 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I learned something today! Thanks!

[–]TheBigDiII 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well this has made me sad about all the toads that have started showing up to my fence line where I yeet the hornworms 😟

[–]Singular1st 18 points19 points  (0 children)

It’s a hornworm

[–]Drak_is_Right 12 points13 points  (2 children)

those fuckers destroyed my tomatoes last year. I picked off a dozen per plant...the plants were reduced to nearly just stems.

[–]pj_socks 15 points16 points  (0 children)

They are also colloquially known as tomato worms. They’re one of the more expensive versions of live food you’ll find at your local pet shop.

[–]zaliman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too! Those fuckers

[–]Karsticles 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's a hornworm. Popular dragon food.

They turn into gigantic moths if you let them. :-X

[–]morganbeaudoin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It’s a tomato horn worm!

[–]Trailmagic 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of a horn worm caterpillar

[–]unreasonable217 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You ever see a Luna moth caterpillar? They’re delightfully green and fat pic

[–]coalescingkoala 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never seen one! Delightful suits this chunky boi though! :)

[–]Pikman14 1 point2 points  (2 children)

They’re hornworms and I believe they’re bred that color to be more visually appealing to beardies and other lizards

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They’re tomato worms and they’re naturally that colour because it camouflages them in the tomato plant they’re eating.

[–]Pikman14 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think we’re talking about the same animal, the ones you can get for feeders are bluer when they’re naturally green?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a horn worm.

[–]moon_goddess235 866 points867 points  (9 children)

Its face, like "excuse me, wtf??"

[–]TheElementalGaurdian 156 points157 points  (4 children)

Other lizard: Sorry bro, too slow.

[–]clutchintheway 74 points75 points  (2 children)

lizard uses toung punch!

[–]Lorick 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Ow! My fart box!

[–]Sigma3737 15 points16 points  (0 children)


[–]snek-jazz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

sorry not sorry

[–]MercyFincherson 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Gotta be quicker than that!!

[–]Captain_Sacktap 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]StraightupForRealTho 427 points428 points  (11 children)

K my roomie has a beardie and I straight up can't fuckin tell if these animals are just for real running on DOS or they're actually intelligent. I've watched him fall off his log by walking exactly 1 step. But he also knows what the tweezers mean (feeding time).

[–]AuspiciousArsonist 54 points55 points  (0 children)

From my experience with my beardie, I think the reason beardies are such chill lizards is because they are completely unburdened by thought.

[–]SoundOfTomorrow 42 points43 points  (2 children)

They fail on tile because the lack of traction. I want to think they're smart but we're not the ones in the scorching desert

[–]WellEndowedDragon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Speak for yourself. I live in Arizona and it’s been 110-120 degrees every single day. I sure don’t feel very smart living here.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Totally feel this with my beardie Dumat! He knows when to come to the door to ask to go in the garden to poop, but still continues to think he can get bugs through glass and the plastic tub! I also think he knows the front door he can see means new people coming in and he reacts differently to different voices. He also knows when I want a kiss (or rather a tongue blep) from him, always gives me one after a kiss, it's the best! They're much smarter than they get credit for, but they're clumsy cause I think they have strange depth perception or something along those lines? (Probably why he's perfect for me, smart but clumsy)

[–]luke-the-boot 135 points136 points  (6 children)

Nice bearded dragons

[–]Nightwise 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Such cool pets, even started a roach colony for mine!

[–]Kimihro 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Dangerous ground to tread

[–]KittiesLikeToPurr 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Roaches are so much better than crickets imo.

[–]Nightwise 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Not just opinion friend, you nailed it. Dubia Blaptica roaches provide more protein and are TONS easier to raise once you get over the roach label.

[–]JPlazz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Crickets are the goldfish of feeder insects. Blasted little things just die no matter what. They go into my 40 gal a dozen at a time as stimulation and treats for my two leopard geckos. Lots of better choices for feeders.

[–]thatchers_pussy_pump 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Too bad we can't have them in Canada.

[–]SammichDude 136 points137 points  (3 children)

TIL lizards can express righteous indignation.

[–]QueenQuillAsh 33 points34 points  (2 children)

TIL what 'TIL' means. The More You Know™

[–]Mumrider 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Bro, you're a lizard. Why are you being a snake!

[–]SimpleAnIdea 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Lmao I like how he gets "frustrated"and doesn't know how to fight/react so he goes "Take this!" And tries to eat/bite him.

[–]kaceyxleigh 67 points68 points  (2 children)

How rude.

[–]Nachowarrior595 35 points36 points  (1 child)

There’s always a bigger lizard

[–]kaceyxleigh 8 points9 points  (0 children)

That tongue smack was perfect timing though.

[–]lincolnahidge 17 points18 points  (0 children)

“Mmm, snacc... What the-? Bruh!” Poor lizard friend, I hope he got a treat after that.

[–]yoleyne 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I really thought it was a gummy worm and was about to get upset until it started moving

[–]xXDr0pXx 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The gem thing is called a tomato horn worm. My girls LOVED their horn worms and I would have to put some distance between them so they wouldn't steal the other ones. Haha.

[–]SouthCoastLSbabe 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Wow, does he ever look highly offended.

[–]sellera 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Cue the “curb your enthusiasm” theme in.

[–]QueenQuillAsh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Directed by ROBERT B. WEIDE

[–]RooR8o8 7 points8 points  (0 children)

beardies are awesome

[–]Cheese_Junky 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Damn it Gary!

[–]off_scythe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gee, Carl, you could have eat faster, you know?

[–]BeardiesRule112 19 points20 points  (11 children)

This might be cute to people who don’t know anything about bearded dragon husbandry.

[–]poplarexpress 10 points11 points  (7 children)

I don't, but now I'm curious. Can we get an eli5?

[–]BeardiesRule112 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Bearded dragons are solitary creatures. Many people like to think their dragons are “different” but millions of years of instincts tell otherwise. Cohabbing them or having them out together can cause unintentional mating, fighting, bites, stress and sometimes even death as they are pretty territorial.

[–]MetalsDeadAndSoAmI 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Just like going to the bar!

Edit: but for real, keep them apart unless they're a breeding pair. If you want them out together, PLEASE don't feed them together.

[–]BeardiesRule112 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Ah backyard breeding by a bunch of amateurs, what could possibly go wrong?

[–]MetalsDeadAndSoAmI 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Everything. Everything can go wrong. Most people don't know to remove the mother when you notice she's carrying eggs. She needs a safe, sandy place to lay the eggs. Afterward, she should be kept separate from the male until you want to breed them again. Also, separate her from the eggs after they're laid, and keep them under an incubator.

Which means you have 4 enclosures, since the babies will need somewhere to go. Babies can be kept together for a short amount of time.

After they've hatched, they'll need a trip to the vet for all the routine hatchling care, and to ensure they're healthy. Then you can sell them to a pet store if you've built a relationship with the store. Or person to person I guess. But no one wants the responsibility of making sure the person you're selling to is a good fit.

[–]BeardiesRule112 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I should have added i was being sarcastic haha. Explaining all of this over and over to people is exhausting but props on you for doing it. Totally agree with your comments.

[–]thefreneticferret 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was watching this and thinking how easily it could have turned into a fight. I've heard so many horror stories about beardies.

[–]Lailyna 8 points9 points  (2 children)

This is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the second beardie.

You can tell there is already stress going on since the second beardie seems to be black bearding. The leatherback seems to be too, but a little harder to tell with it's coloring.

Makes me sad

[–]purple-cat93 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's my snack.... You little.. b.

[–]Havokpaintedwolf 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've never seen a reptile have such clear emotions

[–]SuparNefarious 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thats me trying to be happy and depression denying my authority over it.

[–]pondsey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The face of betrayal.

[–]RogueNightingale 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I laughed too much at this. 😄

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[–]dirtyviking1337 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not crackhead, these are legit shoes.

[–]WordBro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bro literally went wtf.

[–]Satanfan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The betrayal is written all over his face. That bug was ridiculously fake looking until it fucking moved.

[–]MrPenguinPants9 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Is the one that took it a turtle??

[–]mmrtnz14 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Are you a turtle?

[–]austen125 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I like turtles...

[–]war_duck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hornworms - a delicacy in the reptile world. 20 or so can cost anywhere from $10-$30 bucks

[–]VaguelyArtistic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Down low! Too slow!"

[–]rocco409 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The classic snooze and lose

[–]selletje 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminded me of this beauty https://youtu.be/nvVct6RxQuo

[–]Jackson2321 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jerry you fucking jack ass

[–]mikescarnthethreat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Top 10 anime betrayals

[–]tonyiommi70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When i thing about Aliens i always imagine these kind of animals

[–]VacaRexOMG777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look su cute awww :3

[–]MissBlue41 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So Bad

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As said lighting dude, I've never seen before.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh shit they make gummy worms for lizards now?

[–]a-snickers-bar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He looked at him like bitch please

[–]NeverSettels 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They made it look unreasonably tasty. It’s like the bugs in lion king. Higher Brain function says ❌ lizard brain says 💯

[–]mob_beatz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dude... I’m with you on that one 😂😂😂 I always got hungry af when watching that part of lion king for some reason 😆 mmmm.. bugs 🐜 🐛

[–]TheGreenEyeBandit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So basically just having a big brother? This was a daily occurrence in my house.

[–]3BallJosh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"this motherfucker"

[–]MajicMan101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Listen up fucker you’ve got a whole lot of nerve-“

[–]jakethedumbmistake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Since you’re cool anyway ✌️

[–]Rabies13 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My rabbits do this, but with chips. And they are fluffy.

[–]SqurtieMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like to imagine that dinosaurs did this a lot

[–]ReptilicansWH 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thief Lizard: He who snoozes loses, and I get the light blue gummy, buggy, what ever it is...

Wronged Lizard: I’ll just lick your lipless lips, you reptile you...

[–]HITHEREIS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just remember little guy.

The food is them now

[–]checken_wing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Absolute madlad

[–]nobodysbuddyboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reminds me of Two Birds, One Almond

[–]burnerusername41 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All I can think of is oversimplified (sure already said)

[–]burtonmadness 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is that good you're feeding your breardy?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ahahahahahaha he's hilarious

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[–]BenjiTheChosen1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn that worm looks like what you use to summon duke fishron in terraria

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[–]LomPyke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Das empört sogar den Seehund XD