Tomato Pests - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Rosa, CA
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Question by jdieckmann
January 13, 1998
We had worms in our tomatoes. At first it looked like hollow skin and no pulp, and when we checked, we found a worm inside every one of our tomatoes. Some of the tomatoes had a black dot on the skin. Inside was a worm, munching away. What is this?

Answer from NGA
January 13, 1998
First, the obvious - are you sure they were actually worms? The funiculus portion of the tomato seed is white and comma shaped and protrudes from the end of the seed. Sometimes they appear to move which makes people think they're insects. If you're convinced the tomatoes had real worms, then my guess would be corn earworms, also known as tomato fruit worms. They love tomatoes and corn, and a few other vegetables. The bio-control Bt (Bacillus Thurengiensis) is effective against soft-bodied caterpillar type insects.

Better luck next season!

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