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JennieMig
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ok everybody its time for name that bug...

Can someone tell me whats eating my tomatoes. I think that I may have more than one issue though, the damage around the stem doesnt look the same as the more ripe one with holes.

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Don't know for sure, but the large holes look like the damage that tomato hornworms make. If you cut one open, the worm may well be still inside!
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After a thorough inspection I didn't find a single insect, but i did find some leaf damage. I gave them a good spraying with pyrethrin. I have been plagued with broad mites on my beans, and tiny catrpillars that have a veracious appetite have been devastating my peppers. When I was spraying the beans I disturbed a few stink bugs, and dozens of small white moths. GGRRR! I'm SICK of fighting bugs :x

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These look similar to climbing cutworm damage. Sort of shrimp brown moth caterpillar -- the ones I get have black triangle or diamond patterns -- and they can sometimes be found curled up in the hole or on a nearby stem. Note that they climb INSIDE the peppers.

It's a little disconcerting/confusing because I wouldn't be seeing them until late July or August, but I suppose you might see them already.

Many caterpillars will feed at night and climb down in the morning to seek shelter. You may hav better luck spotting the culprit at dawn before the sunlight reaches the garden or on overcast days.

You might be better off with a Bt treatment, but be aware that Bt affects ALL Lepidoptera -- butterflies and moths caterpillars. I don't use it myself because A significant portion of my garden is a butterfly garden.

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rainbowgardener wrote:Don't know for sure, but the large holes look like the damage that tomato hornworms make. If you cut one open, the worm may well be still inside!

^That.

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