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Pest Identification

Posted by werzy33 Z6 Conn (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 9, 07 at 22:55

First year to grow tomatoes on my own, and have been hit hard by insects. An early onslaught of aphids and flea beetles has been my victory. The plants have recovered nicely, but I can't positively identify or eradicate these white bugs, my best guess is immature white flies. I have used insecticidal soap to combat them, and maybe this is working to some extent, but not completely. What are these "fine" creatures? I am using a one gallon sprayer with the directed amount of insecticidal concentrate plus water; it is difficult to get good coverage on the bottom of the leaves.


Here is a link that might be useful: white bugs

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RE: Pest Identification

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 10, 07 at 2:04

The white things are the cast skins (empty skins) of aphids. So no need to eradicte them.

I don't see any live aphids in that picture.

RE: Pest Identification

Thanks, I had looked at all the photos of common tomato pests I could find, but did not see the cast skins. I will hold off on the insecticidal soap, which I don't enjoy doing anyway.

RE: Pest Identification

Either they're molts of aphids or you have wooly aphids.

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