So, this year we planted tomatoes (lots), cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, cilantro and marigolds (supposed to deter pests from the tomatoes). I don't think the marigolds are working though.
Last week, we had whiteflies all over the tomatoes.
This week we had lots (way too many) of these big guys. Tomato hornworm (yuck).
The white rice-like thingies are wasp eggs. The wasp babies will eat the hornworm, and then the "grown-up" wasps will attach other hornworms. I did leave one or two hornworms that had the white eggs. The rest were removed and dunked into a bucket of water. They are very squishy and large. Yuck-o!
The kids tried to help but were all grossed out by the squish factor.
Enjoy your garden and may it be pest-free.