tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

qaguyJune 21, 2012

Anyone have any idea on how to get rid of these things?

I've searched the tomato forums and online.

I don't seem to be able to find a solution.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Are you sure that's what you have? Several insects look like them, including beneficials.

And would help to know what the creatures are doing to your plants.

Would help to see pictures of what's at your place.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 8:54PM
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qaguy

Here's a bunch of pictures. It's a tough job trying to
take pictures of those little critters.

I have all the symptoms of them though. Rings around the
plant stems and major blossom drop.

I believe this first one is a nymph.

Think this one is an adult.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:28PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Great images! Thanks.

Unfortunately, to ID true bugs, we need to see the wings of the adult -- a top side view.

If they are tomato bugs, I located this info from UC http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r783301811.html

Here is a link that might be useful: tomato bug management

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 7:17PM
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qaguy

How about these.

And I've been to that link you provided. They say this:

Although no research has been conducted on control it
is believed that most insecticides used to control lygus
bugs or stink bugs will also control the tomato bug.

Information is from 2007 and I hoped to find something more
current.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 8:18PM
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Butterfly1928

Have you tried planting Marigolds around your tomatoes? This usually helps, as most insects dislike the pungent aroma of these flowers. They will help drastically keep your pest level down. However, they don't seem to do much for grasshoppers, which is my main problem!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 5:03PM
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