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Tomato Hornworms
Manduca quinquemaculata

  • Chews hole in fruit
  • Damage occurs July through September
  • Chews leaves, can completely defoliate plants
  • Caterpillar grows up to 4 inches long
  • Caterpillar is green with white marking and a conspicuous 'tail' on the tip of the abdomen
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Slugs

  • Can chew holes in fruit
  • Active spring and summer
  • Chews irregular holes in leaves; can completely defoliate plants
  • Feeds during night and typically not seen during day
  • 1/4 to 2 inches long
  • Soft-bodied and typically brown or gray
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Cutworms
Agrotis ipsilon, Peridroma saucia

  • Can chew holes in fruit (summer)
  • Damage occurs during spring and summer
  • Stem chewed within 1 inch of base of plant (occurs during spring)
  • Can chew holes in leaves (spring and early summer)
  • Cutworms are grayish or brownish and up to 2 inches long; typically found during day hiding in soil
  • More information on Cutworms...

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