tomatoe pests

willlmaJuly 4, 2007

My tomatoe plants are doing well but have a white powdery substance on the leaves. It also looks like there are tiny white bugs on the leaves. It seems to be spreading and I have seen them before but have found no answers when searching the web. Does anyone have a clue?

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does anyone know what this is? I have it all over my tomato and basil plants. I live in Tampa.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2007 at 1:58PM
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ardnek710(z6 stlouis)

that is most likely caterpiller poop. and possibly a large well fed caterpiller from the size of the poop...:) Do you also have parts of the plants being eaten away above where the poop is?

look carefully directly above where you see the poop and see if you can find him. usually on undersides of leaves or on the stem where they blend in very very well

could be poop from some other small pest, but really really looks like caterpillar to me

    Bookmark   July 4, 2007 at 7:12PM
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ardnek710(z6 stlouis)

sorry wilma, didn't mean to ignore your post but can you post a picture of the problem? It is very hard to help without that or give us more details.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2007 at 7:14PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

It *is* caterpillar poop!

As was said, examine the branches above the pellets to locate the critter. Most likely a hornworm.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 3:36PM
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