Tomato Hornworm & Mystery Plant

Tomato Hornworm & Mystery Plant

I went out to check my tomatoes this afternoon and was startled to see little white spikes sticking out from one of the vines. On closer inspection, I discovered it was a Tomato Hornworm that had been parasitized by Braconid Wasps! It was quite a shock at first. I've actually never seen a hornworm on my plants, let alone one covered in parasitic larvae! I put it in a jar and brought it in for the kids to see, and then put it back out on the tomato plant after taking some pictures.
Tomato Hornworm and Braconid Cocoons





While I was out with my camera, I also took a couple of pictures of a mystery weed that is out next to my sedum plants. It's over 6' tall. Can anyone ID it?
Mystery plant


Close-up (sorry it's blurry)



And, if anyone is interested, I took some pictures of the butterflies on my sedum yesterday and today and posted them on my LJ. Links:
Yesterday
Today
Christmas Frou-Frou

Christmas Frou-Frou

Orchids

Orchids

Plant ID Needed Please!

Plant ID Needed Please!

The tomato is energetic.

The tomato is energetic.

garden update

garden update

More roses making an appearance and my first lilies of the year

More roses making an appearance and my first lilies of the year