Whole Leaf Tobacco

Anyone seen pests like this?

MichaelT

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I found these on the back of a leaf this morning. I pulled that leaf and torched them.
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Welcome to the forum. Feel free to introduce yourself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

My guess is that it is a clump of sawfly larvae that have just emerged from that messy cocoon. Similar to cabbage caterpillars. I'm not aware that they are an intentional pest of tobacco.

Bob

EDIT: Here is something quite similar, but feeds on pine.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Feel free to introduce yourself in the Introduce Yourself forum.

My guess is that it is a clump of sawfly larvae that have just emerged from that messy cocoon. Similar to cabbage caterpillars. I'm not aware that they are an intentional pest of tobacco.

Bob

EDIT: Here is something quite similar, but feeds on pine.
Thanks for the help Bob. Much appreciated. I'm down in Phoenix, AZ and have never seen a sawfly before. These seem to be much smaller than the sawfly larvae as well. I have a TON of moths where I'm growing my tobacco which I worry is wreaking havoc with all my plants. My lettuce has been devoured and my broccoli is getting there as well. Neem oil isn't helping at all.
 

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Any spray containing BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) will kill any caterpillars that eat the leaf surface. One spraying over all your tobacco will be effective for about a week or two. It also needs to be reapplied after it rains. Most BT preparations are US rated as "organic", and can also be used on leafy vegetables.

Bob
 
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