Pests and Diseases forum: Tiny gold beads on back of leaf

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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
Jul 26, 2014 3:18 PM CST
I just found these tiny little beadlike things on the back of a tomato leaf. You can see how small they are, and the front of the leaf doesn't look damaged. Does anyone know what they are? If they are harmful, what can be done? I can't spray anything outside because I live on an organic farm ( but that's another post...).

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Lore Lisa

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So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jul 26, 2014 3:40 PM CST

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I cannot tell by the pictures but are the eggs solid gold-colored throughout or are they more transparent with something dark inside making the eggs look golden? I ask because, although the tomato fruitworm egg is kind of whitish when first laid, it can appear more golden close to hatch time. Here is a photo of what I am trying to describe: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/H/I-LP-HZEA-EG.027.html
On this page, they describe how the egg develops a reddish brownish look: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r604300511.html
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Name: Lore Lisa
Central New York State (Zone 4b)
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Lorli
Jul 27, 2014 6:19 AM CST
I think the eggshell is gold, but it was hard to tell. The eggs stuck firmly to the leaf and when I pulled got one loose, it was very hard and it bounced away like a tiddlywink. I finally crushed some between two paper towels and what I got was a brown smear (very small) and a few tiny bits of shell. Any ideas?
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Lore Lisa

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