what's a guy gotta do???
So, i preach the whole Integrated Pest Management thing and it's been working out pretty good except for this thing called the Tomato Suck Bug.
Anyway, I see all sorts of beneficials and I usually spray proactively for the caterpillars with Bt. But, I haven't seen any damage so far, so I thought I'd press my luck and I haven't sprayed in about 6 weeks.
I've been bagging off branches to save seeds and about a week ago, i noticed some chewing INSIDE the bag along with some "poop." I inspected through the bag pretty good and couldn't see a damn thing, so I though maybe there wasn't enough foliage inside the bag and the thing died from starvation....
NOT!!! This morning, I gave a quick check, and the foliage was stripped and THIS is what i saw.
Very first hornworm of the season and it was INSIDE an isolation bag! I'm thinking the good guys have been getting them for the most part, but timing of the egg laying and me slipping the bag over was just enough for one to become mature! Sheesh!