Over at a snail's eye view, Snail says "We should celebrate chewed leaves." Over here, we are celebrating what chewed leaves, in this particular case, chewed tomato leaves, turn into: frass, that is, insect shit.
Yesterday afternoon, I noticed this group of little black pellets on the deck below an overhanging tomato plant.
They turned out to be the frass of 2 tomato hornworms, caterpillars of the five-spotted hawk moth (Manduca quinquemaculata).
And here is the frass end of one of the caterpillars.
The caterpillars have been gorging themselves on the leaves of the tomato plant. That is okay, for the plant has passed its prime, although it still has one little green tomato left, which I am hoping will turn red before it gets too cold.
This time I am also hoping the caterpillars will escape the fate that befell their less fortunate kin last year, braconid wasps. I want to witness them going thru their metamorphosis.