Pest that chews leaves, leaves behind "ink"?

peps22July 16, 2014

Does anyone know of a pest that likes to chew pepper leaves, and leaves behind a blueish-black, inky substance on the leaves?

They like my cayennes and jalapenos, have not touched the superhots.

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habjolokia

Could you post pics?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 3:54PM
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plantsman56

I got money on it being a hornworm, but haven't seen the picture yet.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:45PM
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peps22

Here is a pic. Leaf damage on the leaves looks the same on all, but here's a good pic of the inky substance. I caught some slugs on my pole beans yesterday AM after a soggy night, but they are a solid 30 feet away from the peppers.

Don't hornworms leave poop that is clumpy? Not just a liquid?

I sprinkled Sevin dust last week, didnt seem to work. If it's a catepillar, I guess Sevin wouldn't be the answer anyways.

This post was edited by peps22 on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 7:32

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 7:11AM
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peps22

Could it be a japanese beetle?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:38AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

Found this from '07.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bugs eating Pepper leaves!!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:51AM
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