Unknown Insect (PIC) on Tomato Stems

rampageincAugust 7, 2014

See attached pic.

It's an insect and groups of them on the stems of my tomato plants. There are hundreds.

So what is it and do I need to try and get rid of them?

It's the desert here so not too many common garden bugs. I have no clue what these are.

Any advice appreciated.

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ernie85017

Odd. Looks like a woodlouse with a case of fungus.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 6:00PM
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lazy_gardens

Try washing them off with plain water and a hose.

It's not an aphid.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 2:59PM
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conchitaFL(10 Hutchinson Island)

Mealybug, maybe?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 3:02PM
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kiwijoe21

Nope it isn't aphid. It's much much worse ...it's mealybug. You can count your plant as good as dead if you don't treat right now. Go out and get some insecticide ...read label if it includes mealybug. If it does buy it and spray down. Three times the first week. Then twice the second week ...and once the third week until they are gone.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 3:04PM
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zensojourner

No, I believe it may be MEALYBUG DESTROYER. See the posting in Nevada gardening for links to more about this.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/nvgard/msg0817561323158.html?3

It sort of depends on how big that thing is. Mealybug destroyer larvae are about twice the size of mealybugs. They will eat mealybugs (of course) but also aphids and other softbodied pests.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mealybug destroyer - a GOOD bug

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:28AM
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