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Distinguishing tobacco and tomato hornworm caterpillars

After agonizing over the identification of hornworm larvae for years, I’ve developed two tricks that I’d like to share. Tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta) caterpillars have stripes (seven of them), so remember that by thinking of Lucky Strikes cigarettes. Horn is … Continue reading

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Open letter to produce managers re: yams

Dear Produce Manager, If you want to sell more orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, craft your labels with “yams” in parentheses, like this: Sweet potatoes (“yams”) Because you are a produce manager, you undoubtedly know that a yam is a completely unrelated … Continue reading

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