Thrips? Whiteflies? Aphids? How to kill them
For the first time in more than 20 years of growing tomatoes, my plants were attacked by insects I had never seen before. These bugs were on only one plant, and I was able to cut way down on them with neem oil, but they kept coming back. The plant wilted from the top and showed some signs of disease, but it did survive until frost. The fruits were not affected although I think the yield was lower than it should have been. Just recently in planning for this summer I learned about thrips and how they can spread tomato spotted wilt virus. I thought the pests were white flies and aphids, and the eggs were from Colorado potato beetles. But now, I wonder if I had thrips. Can anyone identify these guys and tell me how to keep them from attacking my plants this summer?