Something eating my Peas

lilpiggy89(9)March 23, 2012

Hello all, my wife and I have recently started a new garden in deep South Texas. We planted some peas in a slightly shaded area by a tree, after the plants grew a bit we noticed something was eating them. Can somebody please provide us some advice on getting this pest off my peas and out of our garden? We are looking at organic / chemical free methods of removal, but all input is appreciated. We are novices, this is our first go at back yard gardening. Thanks in advance.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That is an extremely common caterpillar commonly known as an army worm. They are pests of garden plants of all kinds, as well as of lawns.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 10:32PM
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lilpiggy89(9)

Thanks for your help in identifying the army worm. I have shared a link to a photo of another type worm I saw, can anybody help in identifying this one please?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 10:58PM
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jimr36(5b CO)

Counting my blessings as I have peas growing in the garden, and have seen armyworm moths, but haven't seen armyworms (yet). Maybe it's because the peas and moths are at opposite ends of the property.

Now, the green worm(s) are closer to one's I've seen. But the picture is too blurry to ID. If you can get a much better/clearer image, resubmit, and I'll try to ID it, or can send a link to a great ID site.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 11:12AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, I'd need an improved photograph, as well. I would also like to know where you found those insects (what kind of plants and where (roots, leaves, fruits).

Jim, armyworms can be found an ANY kind of plant. I am most familiar with them on lawns. By the way, they are called army worms for the reason that they are rarely found in ones or twos, but in hoards.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 12:31PM
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jimr36(5b CO)

Yep rhizo - I've heard they can show up in hoards, and be a big problem. Luckily, I've only seen an armyworm moth once a month or so, at night by the front porch light. Hoping it stays that way...

Let us know 'lilpiggy' if you get more information or can post a larger picture.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 2:40PM
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lilpiggy89(9)

Well after learning one of the pests names(thank you again rhizo),I started reading up on the pest. I did disclaim that we were noobs so I chalk this up to nothing more than my lack of preparation. In any case I found that those leaves which I thought would be good to mulch were actually attracting the pest. I went out and cleaned them out and geeze were there some worms. I got under the top layer of soil and there were more. In total I got about 20 large and small. I hope the link photo below helps in identifying the green one.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 8:58PM
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jon987(Zn 8)

I think I found the culprit. I have a much better photo. Could someone help me ID it?

Leaf photo: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/InLfBv-Mmn6WDEybFgEDuLZYDkCeb_0Tnl8X2YeE9O4?feat=directlink

Here is a link that might be useful: Bug Photo

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 9:01PM
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lilpiggy89(9)

I found some of those also when cleaning out the area. I will try to get a better photo if when I find another. One good thing is my peas are looking better, I removed the dead foliage and they are producing nicely.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 9:19PM
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