Green Bugs Eating My Tomato Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Anaheim, CA
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Question by Bridgk
July 10, 2000
I am hoping you can assist me with identifying the bug that is consuming my tomato leaves. The bug is green in color. It has a hard shell and can fly. When the bug is on the tomato stem, it looks like two small tomato leaves. When I try to get the bug with my fingers, it quickly moves around the stem or flies away. I'm assuming this bug is consuming my tomato leaves because I have no other insects devouring my plant (not even tomato worms). Thank you for your assistance.

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2000
If the bug in question is long rather than round or oval like a beetle, my guess is it's the California Timema. These are generally pests of native west coast trees, but I suppose they might eat the leaves of a tomato plant. Males often hitchike on the backs of the females, giving the insect pair a leaf-like appearance. There is no registered control for the pest so your best defense is to pick them off the plant. Thank goodness they're not eating the fruit!

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