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saviour1988
Jun 14, 2020 4:43 AM CST
Hi ,

Does anyone know what type of insect is causing this please?

Any pesticide I can make preferably organic.

Thanks

Saviour
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oneeyeluke
Jun 15, 2020 12:24 AM CST
Looks like tomato fruitworms. These moth larvae bore into fruits and consume them from within. Once the larvae are in the fruit, the only remedy is to destroy the infected fruit. Cut into the fruit and see if you can find a larvae and that will give you the answer you are looking for.
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gardenfish
Jun 15, 2020 1:07 AM CST
The pupae over winter in the ground, then emerge in the Spring as moths, which lay the eggs on the undersides of the tomatoes leaves. When the caterpillars hatch, they may eat on the leaves for a short while before penetrating the fruit. I've killed very tiny ones this year crawling on the leaves. Close inspection to catch them at this phase is the best defense. Look for the tiny caterpillars and the egg clusters on the underside of the leaves. BT spray is an organic solution to these. Follow the directions on the product.
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