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runfox
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I have bugs on my Tomatoes, I have never seen before

My tomatoes have done real well, we have had baskets full of cheery, roma, and big boy tomatoes. But I see something is eating them now. Most of my garden is done with the florida heat, tomatoes were looking ok till this.

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little orange bugs all over, then the adults are black???
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A little hard to tell, orange bugs on a ripe tomato, but maybe the nymph of a leaf footed bug:

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://insects.tamu.edu/images/insects/hemiptera/leptoglossus_nymph_04.jpg&imgrefurl=https://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg65.html&h=480&w=640&sz=79&tbnid=Jl6uFrYSeTtGYM:&tbnh=103&tbnw=137&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dleaf%2Bfooted%2Bbug%2Bnymph%2Bpictures%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=leaf+footed+bug+nymph+pictures&usg=__z0Ihc1OPLEZmQEiMKPZy-C2eS9I=&sa=X&ei=yWMOToGRFMGDsgLb-tG4Cg&ved=0CBoQ9QEwAA]leaf footed bug nymph[/url]

or an assassin bug:

[url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.whatsthatbug.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/05/milkweed_assassin_nymph.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/05/11/milkweed-assassin-bug-nymph-3/&h=519&w=358&sz=31&tbnid=OK9fAstp-JlVXM:&tbnh=270&tbnw=186&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dassassin%2Bbug%2Bnymph%2Bpictures%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=assassin+bug+nymph+pictures&usg=__aymzz2LX8QH2EB4_Gwk_YmSoDFA=&sa=X&ei=d2QOTq6GA-7_sQLE4_WiCg&ved=0CBoQ9QEwAA]assassin bug nymph[/url]

It's important to distinguish them because assassin bugs are beneficials and leaf footed bugs definitely are not.

Here's a thread with some info about that

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=203255#203255

Here's the adult leaf footed bug

https://www.cirrusimage.com/bugs_leaf_footed.htm (scroll down, this shows the whole life cycle)


and the adult assassin bug:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Featured_picture_candidates/Image:Assassin_bug_aug08_02.jpg

hope this helps!
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Thanks, looks like a leaf footed bug for sure, sucking on my tomatoes. Bad thing is it looks like I'll have to use a pesticide spray. I'll have to see what I can find at my home depot store.
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leaf footed bug organic control

Why not save the big guns until you have at least tried some organic methods?

Neem oil should work against them. You can vacuum them off your plants. You can use a soapy water spray or a garlic/pepper spray with a little soap added. There's commercial organic insecticides that are citrus oil based. Or the heavy guns in the organic world are rotenone/ pyrethrin which are derived from plants, but are pretty broad spectrum insecticides that are also harmful to honeybees and beneficial insects.

Oh and be sure to keep checking the undersides of leaves and scrape off / squish any egg masses you find.

Don't start by spraying poisons around your yard that are harmful to your health, the health of your kids and pets, and harmful to the environment!
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Thanks, that's what I meant, organic spray, Ill try the soap, garlic pepper spray.
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