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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  Bayou Life on 6/4/2013, 10:08 pm

Thanks, I'll give them a shot.

Actually, I chased it up to this leaf to get the shots. Hopefully, you are right, and I lead it right to the buffet.
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Solved!

Post  Bayou Life on 6/5/2013, 10:29 am

This guy is in the leaf footed bug family. Phthia Picta to be exact.

It appears I'll need to take care of them when I get home today, as they appear to love sucking on nightshades.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/107351

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Do you know what this lil' bug is?

Post  jjlonsdale on 6/5/2013, 12:38 pm

Yesterday I found this guy chomping on an okra seedling. As you can see, he has killed it!!! Evil or Very Mad (His mouth was actually on the break when I found him, so I'm pretty sure he's responsible.)

I have looked on bugguide.net with no success, possibly because he may still be in the larvae stage.

Any thoughts?

Thanks for your help!



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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  mollyhespra on 6/5/2013, 12:45 pm

It's the nymph of...something...I can't remember what it is right now, but I had a few in the garden last year & IIRC, that's the nymph stage of something common.

Maybe it'll come to me...
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  jjlonsdale on 6/5/2013, 1:56 pm

FOUND IT!

It is a Threecornered Alfalfa Hopper nymph.

https://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/aimg84.html

Thank you so much, Molly. I was able to track it down using the word "nymph" which I would not have known otherwise.

They feed on plant sap and "girdle" a plant (which apparently means "damage of a plant that circles the stem or branch cutting off the connective plant tissue, causing stems to be brittle and plants to break at that site and fall over") -- which is exactly what happened!

Naughty little bug.
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  Pepper on 6/5/2013, 3:39 pm

they decimated my beans last year. Nothing I tried; organic; could save me from the infestation, I found them too late. Sometimes called three cornered leaf hopper.
Here is the link to my bean problem last year includes a pic of the little buggers. Shows what they did to my "bean jungle".
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t11999-need-advice-with-pole-beans
This year I will not wait on organics to work!
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  jjlonsdale on 6/5/2013, 4:01 pm

Oh no Pepper! I read that thread and it sounds like it was a tale of woe! Any better luck this time around?

I'll try a round of NEEM spray and move on to more drastic measures if needed......
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  Pepper on 6/5/2013, 4:07 pm

This year I preemptively used liquid seven on the bottom to about 6 inches above the soil. So far no trouble. Like I said I tried everything last year but I was infested before I even found them they hide so good.
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  brainchasm on 6/5/2013, 5:45 pm

Pepper, is your avatar a pic of Black Krims? Because they look like Black Krims, and I'm growing some (saw my first official baby BK tomatoling last week!).

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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  Pepper on 6/5/2013, 10:27 pm

no these are Cherokee purples

When I said "preemptively" it was a misstatement. There were signs, like the bean pod in the link, of an infestation starting before I sprayed. They started on one plant so I sprayed the whole bed.
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Post  brainchasm on 6/6/2013, 1:53 pm

Pepper wrote:no these are Cherokee purples
Ah, excellent! That's the OTHER tomato I am growing! Black Krims and Cherokee Purples are all I really had room for, so here's hoping!


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Bug identification?

Post  Madcapper on 6/11/2013, 7:08 pm

I noticed this bug on my pumpkin plant this evening. I picked it off and took a couple pics. My wife and I both think that it is an immature lady bug. What do you guys think?



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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  camprn on 6/11/2013, 7:10 pm

Soldier bug Nymph... or maybe a stink bug nymph.... check bugguide.net

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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  Madcapper on 6/11/2013, 7:14 pm

Awesome wow what a fast response! I just looked them up and they are highly desirable bugs to have in the garden. Now I know not to flick them into the forest the next time I see one! Thank you!
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Need help identifying pests- squash and tomato

Post  sanderson on 6/12/2013, 12:30 am

I need help identifying 2 new pests I found today.

Not a good day. First thing was a stray cat used an un-planted square during the late night. I feel sorry for the cat but if my cat doesn't use the boxes, then by golly, no other cat can use it!! Sweetie sleeps inside at night so she can't keep cats out of the back yard at night.

Now to the 2 new pests. One Roma tomato is 7' tall and has nice large, green Romas. But one new small Roma looked like someone cut it in half. The blossom end was missing. There were little, round, black dots on a leaf that look like droppings with a magnifier.




Next, I was going to use a male squash blossom that had closed to pollinate a female squash. When I cut the twisted ends off the blossom, there was a caterpillar! Plus a couple of ants. Looks like a "pickle worm, D. nitidalis. But do they grow in middle California?? Googled d. nitidalis and they are supposed to be "tropical" in lower lower states.




All help will be appreciated. (The issue of the cat will be dealt with by screening or netting!)
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  GaRedClay on 6/12/2013, 11:46 am

The pest on the tomato sounds like the tomato Hornworm about the size of your little
finger green and hard to find.  

The squash pest looks like a fruit worm.
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Post  sanderson on 6/12/2013, 5:30 pm

Red Clay, Thank you for your reply.  I'm familiar with the tomato horn worm but I haven't seen any so far.  The droppings are very small, smaller than I am used to seeing in conjunction with the horn worm.  Maybe first instar??  However, I will be extra vigilant for the THW.  The mystery is that the lower (flower end) of the Roma looked like it had been cut off with a knife!  That clean.  I then cut vertically looking for a critter. 

The squash larva completely startled me.  Didn't expect to see it when I re-open the blossom.  I looked at photos of fruit worms but it doesn't look exactly like any of them.  But I will continue researching.

Again, thank you for your reply.
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  TexasTracy on 6/12/2013, 9:03 pm

Is it a cutworm?
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  mschaef on 6/12/2013, 11:27 pm

The tomato pest definitely a small horn worm. Evil or Very Mad They are nasty little boogers that hide really well till they are Hugh...at least that's my experience.
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  sanderson on 6/12/2013, 11:47 pm

Cut worm, pickle worm, fruit worm.  Looks closet to pickle worm, but still not quite.  Thank you for your suggestions.
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Are these good or bad guys?

Post  jewlz2121 on 6/13/2013, 11:28 am

I checked out the good/bad guy sticky, and I can't really tell.  I'm guessing bad?  If so, how do I treat?  Sprinkle DE?  Spray Neem/Soap? 

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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/13/2013, 11:41 am

Stinkbug, bad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_marmorated_stink_bug


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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  jewlz2121 on 6/13/2013, 11:45 am

So, I pick them off and then what?  Wait?  Treat?
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  jewlz2121 on 6/13/2013, 11:47 am

What do I do with them after picking them off?  Will they drown or do they fly away?
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Re: Bug/Pest Identification....Help!

Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/13/2013, 11:54 am

If I had a good answer to that question, I'd be becoming a very rich man.

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/control.asp

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