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Beginner Vegetables: Bug eating my bell pepers

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Easybake
Arlington, TX

October 3, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9295046

Anyone know what this is, took a big chunk out one of my Bell Peppers

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 4, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9295645

Whatever it is, it looks pretty evil!
WeeNel
Ayrshire Scotland
United Kingdom

October 6, 2012
9:06 PM

Post #9298004

It's a Caterpillar, don't know what type of moth / butterfly it's from so get rid or it will move off to become a butterfly and than back to lay more eggs that hatch out to the picture you show and the whole cycle will start all over again, you don't have to kill it, maybe pop in a jar and take it a walk to the countryside, OR do as I do, remove the insect and it's other family members as if you have one, there are bound to be many more, I fill a tray with them and some seed food from kitchen and put this out for the birds, they love this and will reward you by searching out the other bugs that eat your plants.
Good luck. WeeNel.
Easybake
Arlington, TX

October 7, 2012
9:43 AM

Post #9298493

I only found the one, even after looking very carefully thru out all the plants.
poured some alcohol( didnt have any bug killer that day) on it which killed it pretty quick.
I did get some organic pesticide and sprayed everything just in case i did miss something.

just kind of wanted to know what it was.


carberyfields
Lebanon, CT

February 24, 2013
11:01 AM

Post #9429888

WeeNel, I am going to try that this summer. You gave me the best laugh of the day, thank you.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2013
9:42 AM

Post #9431064

WeeNel - you must have read my mind. :)

To add to what WeeNel said: Black wasps will pick-up small caterpillars and feed them to their young. This might have been why you could not find other caterpillars, Easybake. Either birds or wasps had already eaten them.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9440835

Did you try showing it to our bug forum? I think its a moth, but not a good one
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 8, 2013
7:14 PM

Post #9443354

There is an biological pesticide specific to caterpillars. It is a bacteria that only attacks caterpillars. Best applied when they are very small, because they need to eat the leaf that has been sprayed to ingest the bacteria. Obviously if the caterpillar is very large, it will have to eat several leaves or chew holes in the fruit to get enough of the bacteria in its system.
The bacteria is sold under many product names, but read the active ingredients. Bacillus thuringiensis. There are several strains of this bacteria, some are more effective on mosquitoes, so make sure the package specifies that the target is caterpillars.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 8, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9443441

Most of the time the lable will say BT on it.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

March 9, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9444112

BT will kill them. Those and Tomato hornworms give me the "willies"!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 9, 2013
9:14 PM

Post #9444409

Tommy what are "those"? I like to sqoosh them!
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

March 10, 2013
7:41 AM

Post #9444626

The "Willies" is another way of saying goosbumps/disgust.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2013
10:04 AM

Post #9444770

I know what you meant by "Willies". I didn't know if "those" meant that, as yet, unidentified cat. ?

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2013
7:31 PM

Post #9445260

It is a cat, not a moth, found it the other day but lost it...pretty butterfly it was...

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2013
7:39 PM

Post #9445270

oh, maybe a Long tailed Skipper cat
Jim41
Delhi, LA

March 12, 2013
7:07 PM

Post #9447504

If it had horns it would look like a tomato horn worm. If it is like them, the best way is just to pick them off. Usually poison is unneccesary.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9447578

The tomato horn worms turn into hawk moths- or hummingbird moths.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2013
8:57 PM

Post #9447616

Has anybody figured out what kind of Cat that is?

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2013
11:31 AM

Post #9448108

Lisa - I don't know the answer, but BT-kurstaki strain should kill it.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05556.html

1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 13, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9448401

It probably died of old age by now.

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