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tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

Posted by qaguy Sunset 21/LosAngeles (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 21, 12 at 18:56

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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RE: tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

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.


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RE: tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

  • Posted by qaguy Sunset 21/LosAngeles (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 17:28

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.

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Think this one is an adult.

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RE: tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

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


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RE: tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

  • Posted by qaguy Sunset 21/LosAngeles (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 20:18

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.

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RE: tomato bugs (Cyrtopeltis modestus)

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!


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