Answer: Both corn earworms and European corn borer (ECB) attack peppers, though they usually choose the fruit for their feast. The description fits the ECB, though, and unfortunately, they enter plants immediately after they hatch, and so are protected from pesticides and predators. Your best bet is to grow your 'Christmas' peppers under lightweight row cover, which will prevent the adult moths from laying eggs on the plants. Your extension service (ph# 813/353-4244) can tell you when moths are likely tobe most active in your area, so you can remove covers when the danger has passed. They can also give you a positive ID on the culprit!
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