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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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Sweet potato flesh can reduce yam confusion

So I have a silly, futile goal of reducing the confusion over sweet potatoes and yams in the United States. If you are a grocery store manager and are on board with this silly, futile goal, please consider displaying the … Continue reading

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