Green Worm/Caterpillar on Pepper Plant

pkayenSeptember 2, 2006

I have this hot pepper plant in a pot. This year I found some green caterpillar-like worm (alomost indistinguishable from the leaves) eating away the leaves. It gets really fat on the leaves. It seems to specialize on this pepper plant - I have not seen it on anyother plant. I am also puzzled as to how it got on to the pot which is about 2 ft. tall. I have been removing them when I can spot them. Any ideas what this pest is and how to get rid of it?

The plant has been with me for over a couple of years it is about two feet tall. This is the first year I have seen the worm.

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Well, if it's a caterpillar, it got there because a moth laid an egg somewhere on the plant.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 1:28PM
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is it a tomato horned worm? I had one on a tomatillo, but the two of us couldn't find it... then WHAMMO this morning I picked 5 off one tomato plant. Luckily I caught them before they decimated too much.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 2:08PM
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Jillberto(Z9 CA)

BT works well on getting rid of caterpillars.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 7:20PM
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So does picking and throwing... :o) less chemicals too.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 8:23PM
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I prefer the picking and stomping method myself. :))

I have several tomato plants as well as hot pepper plants in the ground. I've yet to see one bug on any of them. For some reason they all prefer my brugs. The brugs seem to be the attractant plants. Especially the varigated brugs, altho they leave many of the other varieties alone. Altho I've had the suckers on my brugmansias in the past, this year seems to be the worst. Half my brugs I now call my 'lace plants'. I can't keep up with finding them all.

In our old gardens I used to grow Nicotianas which were the attractant plant of choice. Altho I've read that you aren't supposed to grow them near tomatoes (same family), I did by accident and by accident I realized that the worms were attracted to them. I never had one tomato worm on my vegies and they loved the Nicotianas. From that year on I always grew them near the vegies and it worked like a charm.

I think I'm going to have either try to find my saved seed for the Nicotianas or buy more for next year and see if they work as well with the brugs as they did with the tomatoes, peppers, cucs, etc.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 10:30PM
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At my old place, I had borage reseeding itself all over the place... I never had a problem with THW's in the tomatoes, but they stripped a nicotiana half an acre away. My brugs have had other problems this year... a runaway spidermite problem, got that undercontrol, then this tiny bug, don't know what it was, very small, just a wee bit bigger than an ahpid, black and I think orange, made holes in my brugs... but got THAT undercontrol... those were actually easy to control, pinching took care of THEM.
The picking and stomping works, but I am too squeamish, those aren't small worms! I throw them out in the street, to either get cooked, squished by a car or eaten by the crows. :o)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2006 at 12:26AM
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Heathen, I think you right. I looked up pics of the tomato horn worm and it does look like it. Strangely, the tomato plants don't seem affected.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2006 at 5:33PM
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Just depends on which plant the moth lays it's eggs. Tomatoes, peppers and potatoes are all in the same family, they probably aren't picky. :o)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2006 at 6:19PM
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here's a good pic of the eggs... get them before they turn into a caterpillar

Here is a link that might be useful: THW eggs

    Bookmark   September 4, 2006 at 12:24AM
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