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themrkitty
Jun 10, 2020 2:28 PM CST
Hi again, I'm back with my carolina reapers with a concern about the actual peppers. I had one fall off today due to storms, still green and still youngish, but I took it and wanted to open it and check how it looked. But once I opened it, I saw the inside had brown mush/weird things on the inside. Nothing moving or obviously living, but it was still pretty nasty. I've attached images and any help on if this is something to fear or not would be greatly appreciated. I haven't checked any other pepper, but this one did worry me a good bit. Perhaps some bug just crawled into it while it was lying on the ground?
Thank you for any help you guys can provide me with!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2020 3:31 PM CST
Look at the caps of the peppers on your plant. Do you see any tiny holes at the edge of or in the cap? Some moths lay their eggs on the leaves of peppers near growing pepper fruits. After the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way into the fruits through the cap and set up house keeping. The brown stuff is digested pepper innerds. When the pepper fell of the plant, the caterpillar walked off.
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themrkitty
Jun 14, 2020 8:01 PM CST
DaisyI said:Look at the caps of the peppers on your plant. Do you see any tiny holes at the edge of or in the cap? Some moths lay their eggs on the leaves of peppers near growing pepper fruits. After the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way into the fruits through the cap and set up house keeping. The brown stuff is digested pepper innerds. When the pepper fell of the plant, the caterpillar walked off.


Ah that makes so much sense. Yeah it had a hole on one part of the pepper, so that explains a lot. I suppose I have to look into some way of preventing moths from doing that, so darn. But thank you so much!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2020 9:25 PM CST
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Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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