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Insect pests of vegetables

Squash vine borer male flying toward female (cf. Tom Andres)

Squash vine borer male flying toward female (cf. Tom Andres)

Tomato fruit worm

Tomato fruit worm

Tomato hornworm. Defoliation due to feeding.

Tobacco hornworm. The red horn (protrusion on the caterpillar’s final abdominal segment) distinguishes this hornworm from the less common tomato hornworm which has a black horn. Defoliation due to feeding.

Tomato hornworm feeding injury to fruit.

Tobacco hornworm feeding injury to fruit.

Tomato hornworm parasitized by wasp.

Tobacco hornworm parasitized by wasp larvae.  The larvae feed inside the caterpillar, then emerge and spin cocoons on the outside.

parasitized hornmworm

Heavily parasitized hornworm that died.  The open ‘cap’ on the cocoon top indicates the wasp inside reached adulthood and cut it open so it could leave.

Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato plant heavily infested by aphids. Lady bug present at bottom of stem.

Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato plant heavily infested by aphids. Lady bug present at bottom of stem.

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