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Flea Beetle
Phyllotreta spp.

  • Adult feeding on leaves creates shallow pits and small, irregular holes giving it a "shot hole" appearance
  • Adults are small (1/16-1/8 inch long), and vary in color; they can jump
  • Present throughout the growing season
  • More information on Flea Beetle...
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Tomato Hornworms
Manduca quinquemaculata

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

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