Who has been eating my tomatos :(

fishacuraJuly 5, 2011

So I went out to look at my tomato plants yesterday and noticed a couple were black on the bottom. Then I noticed a plump little friend on a leaf. Some sore of catapillar. He's "granny smith apple" green with a dozen or so tiny white legs. He's very plump and probably the size of a mini snickers bar (maybe a bit less thick). I AM SURE HE HAS FRIENDS. Anyone know:

1. What this little bugger is?

2. If a mix of cayenne pepper/water will get rid of him and his friends?

This is my first year of gardening and I"m looking for any advice you may have. THANKS!

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cygnwulf(7b DFW)

Possibly a Tomato Hornworm or Tobacco Hornworm?
Either way, the best way to stop them that I know of is to just pick them up and drop them in a bucket of soapy water. Insecticidal soap will kill them but only if it is sprayed on them, and they're so big they're just easier to pick up and drop in the bucket. BT supposedly works too, but I've never had a bad enough infestation to bother.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 9:25AM
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Thanks! What is BT????

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 9:59AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

If he's as big as you describe, he's too old for Bt to be effective.

Bt is short for Bacillus thuringiensis. It's useful against chomping caterpillars if the are less than half-grown. Same goes for any other pesticide.

After that age, deal with the cats directly: cut in half or drop into soapy water.

As for the black bottom, read the FAQ about BER (blossom end rot).

Here is a link that might be useful: BER

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 2:10PM
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Bets(z6A S ID)

Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) may not be effective on large worms, but fishacura, as you said "I AM SURE HE HAS FRIENDS" and they will be affected by a nice doping with Bt.

But of course, your mileage may vary.


    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 3:07PM
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Thanks to all. It also appears those things that I thought were legs were clearly those wasp larve I read about so all good info to have!!!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 4:35PM
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I have noticed a couple of my tomatoes wear eaten on, Last year i drench my plants with a Thuracide spray and there was no more... I hope it works again. dang things are disgusting, anyone else use Thuracide on there Plants ?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 5:18PM
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