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Re: Different type of Borer??

And here's the reason. I wanted to do this.
I found yet another -- this time in a bean. I saw a little round hole in the side of a bean so decided to investigate.
This guy was wedged inside the bean pod
This guy was wedged inside the bean pod
I haven't positively ID'd it but this could be a legume pod borer

... What do you think?
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Re: Different type of Borer??

I don't think that's it. Everything I'm seeing for that looks like this...
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Which happens to look exactly like my juvie pickle worms!
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Re: Different type of Borer??

we seem to have lots of borers around! There's the stalk borer you identified at the beginning of this thread and then there is the pepper maggot I ID'd in the "hot pepper bug" thread, which is also all white.
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I was looking at the photo again and wished I'd kept it in a jar to maturity... But I was tired and tossed it in a bucket of water. :roll:

It was a knee-jerk reaction because I AM on the lookout for been beetle larvae and silver spotted skipper leaf rollers -- ugh! SomethingELSE?! :x
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Oh drat. It looks like it could have been a hairstreak or a blue butterfly caterpillar. :(
But I haven't found an exact match. :|
The caterpillars of both hairstreaks and blues look much the same: slug-like, usually with a repeating pattern of chevrons or broken stripes, and covered with very short hairs. Since they are small (10-15 mm), they are often very hard to find.
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Re: Different type of Borer??

would a butterfly caterpillar have been inside the bean? That seems more like one of those borer type things. It seems like butterfly caterpillars are more usually leaf eaters.

For example: "Karner blue caterpillars only feed on wild blue lupine leaves," That's only one example, there are lots of different blues and hairstreaks, but I don't think you would find them inside beans.
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Re: Different type of Borer??

that would have been disgusting if you bit into that mean and felt a pop and a squish. eewwwwwwwwwwwwww!
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:::GAG:::
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This morning's fun discovery was this little guy curled on the Zluta Kytice cherry tomato among other harvested ZK tomatoes in a wooden berry basket. :x

I was sorting the cherry tomatoes for "better eat today" and "gah! spoiled!" ones so it wasn't like
I tried to eat it. I put the fruit with the wormy-worm sitting on it in this white bowl, but when I came back to look at it later, it was gone! :shock: ...Then I realized it had crawled back inside the tomato :evil:

A little later, it had come out of hiding again, so I took this pic to share :wink:
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Re: Different type of Borer??

I had one of those on a brown berry yesterday... I wasn't sure what it was... It reminded me of a corn worm. I didn't have my phone so I didn't take a picture, but it looked a lot like your wormy worm.
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the corn earworm and the tomato fruitworm are basically the same beast.
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wow. man. something else to look for when I eat things from the garden!
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I pulled all my older plantings of squash and finally the last if the zucchini. I broke off some stalks that were 2 inches thick! Slam full of SVB. I pulled them because they had powdery mildew so bad that the fruits were being infected.....and pickle worms.....they are worse than SVB in my opinion.

At any rate, my plants were not decimated by SVB. Although they WERE HEAVILY INFESTED, they showed no sign of it top side. Interesting.

One of the zucchini had a root system where 2 of its roots were 1" thick. I'm impressed! My garden tried really hard to overcome!
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Too bad you don't have chickens. Seems like SVB would make great protein feed for them. Between them and hornworms (and maybe slugs too -- didn't you start out on the forum with slug hunting?) you wouldn't have to buy chicken feed at all. LOL MAKE SURE YOU MENTION THAT TO YOUR HUBBY. :wink:
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I'm totes workin that ish!

I found several large slugs tonight while pulling the last of the biggest zucchini. I didn't count mainly cause I had my 3 year old "helping" me. Kid has a SHARP eye and fearless grabbers! ( when she's not doting on the marigolds and pulling them off to put in her hair! Hehehe)
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