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Post  Bayou Life 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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Post  Bayou Life 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

Thanks for the great website Camprn!
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Post  jjlonsdale 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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Post  mollyhespra 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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Post  jjlonsdale 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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Post  Pepper 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".
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t11999-need-advice-with-pole-beans
This year I will not wait on organics to work!
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Post  jjlonsdale 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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Post  Pepper 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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Post  brainchasm 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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Post  Pepper 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 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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Post  Madcapper 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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Post  camprn 6/11/2013, 7:10 pm

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

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Post  Madcapper 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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Post  sanderson 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.
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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.
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All help will be appreciated. (The issue of the cat will be dealt with by screening or netting!)
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Post  GaRedClay 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 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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Post  TexasTracy 6/12/2013, 9:03 pm

Is it a cutworm?
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Post  mschaef 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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Post  sanderson 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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Post  jewlz2121 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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Post  jewlz2121 6/13/2013, 11:45 am

So, I pick them off and then what?  Wait?  Treat?
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Post  jewlz2121 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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Post  No_Such_Reality 6/13/2013, 11:54 am

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

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