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Jun 3, 2020 10:56 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Who is this cat that is munching on my tomato plants? There are many many of them and they are tiny, maybe an inch at the most.
I know BT will take care of them but I want to know what I am dealing with.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Name: Hepcat
Metter, Georgia (Zone 8b)
Pretty sure those are Army Worms. These frequently occur in droves and can destroy a field of grass in no time. Should not be a problem if you pick them off and give a spray. If you have any webs in your trees, that is where they are coming from. Destroy any of those webs that you see.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:10 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Yes, I agree looks like army worms.
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Jun 3, 2020 4:48 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Thank you, this is my first year in this home and I had never had this problem in previous gardens. There are no trees near the veggie garden and I have no issues with them anywhere else - yet. I will keep after them with the BT.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:00 AM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Here's you a link to the worm: https://www.bing.com/images/se...

This is a picture I took of one the other day. It unfortunately (for it) sustained a very serious concussion shortly after this photo was taken.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:21 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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What a great photo. You should post that in the bug ID area.

Strange but I have had no problems with the worms in the tomatoes themselves, they have strictly stuck to the foliage thank goodness. I know the issue was the plant crowding. These plants grew like crazy and got much larger and fuller than I imagined. It is my first year in this house so I was unprepared for such unrestrained growth. They are in a bed adjacent to the house, I planted them 3' apart and 3' from the wall. The only fertilizer I used was a bag of Black Kow worked into the soil a month before I planted. Within 8 weeks the small seedlings I planted were 7' tall. Since our nights are well over 70 now there will be little if any pollination so I started cutting the excess foliage off yesterday and noticed there were worms where branches were crowded (and tied) together. Everything got another dose of BT. Crossing Fingers! The fall crop will be planted 6' apart.
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Jun 6, 2020 10:08 AM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Healthy looking plants!!! Thumbs up
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Jun 6, 2020 11:20 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Thanks, that pic was taken several weeks ago, they were even larger and more crowded before I started thinning.
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