Black Beetles on Tomatoes

by Dave
(S'coast Western Australia )


I have these little black beetles all over my tomatoes. They are smaller than a lady bug and have 4 tiny yellow spots, can anyone advise me as to what these may be and how to get rid of them? I am purely organic so an organic solution is required. Thanks for any help.


Dave.

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Oct 02, 2015
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by: Gregrfleet

Once I grow potatoes and I see this type of yellow spots then one person advices me that how to get rid of them? For this, I used organic solution. But this site is very helpful for them. We have qualified professionals who will be able to write best essay writing service to help you write your dissertations.

Apr 14, 2015
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Dec 30, 2012
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thanks for the info
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the info Carl. I'm in Albany and never thought to go there so I'll keep that in mind for any future problems. So far this year I haven't had any serious infestations like previous years (touch wood) but thats not to say it hasnt been uneventful either. This year Ive planted Red Giant tomatoes which are producing masses of fruit and only noticed a few of the Green Vegetable bugs which i could pick off by hand but cabbage moths and caterpillars have been my new enemy this time round. Nearly every tomato has at least one hole in it. So far Ive found Green Loopers and some big juicy light brown caterpillars Im yet to identify and something else that chews small holes on the outside that become big holes on the inside. Any ideas on that one? IF its not one thing its another. Im fairly new to the world of gardening and growing my own food for me and my daughter so like every gardener I go through the teething problems plus trying to be 100% organic and pesticide free makes it even more challenging to get it right.

Dave.

Dec 29, 2012
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Another place to find answers
by: Carl

Take a sample animal (bug) to your local department of Agriculture. I live in Denmark. So my local dept ag is in Albany on Albany highway, just south of Anson road. Or you could search the ag departments "garden notes" and "farm note" series online.
I came across some tunnelling beetle like creatures in my tomatoes today and had noticed a lot of small black eggs on the leafs of my plants. The plants have only just started punching the fruit out.

Nov 09, 2012
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black bugs
by: steve

Have you checked whether this is a variety of stink bugs? These bugs are dark coloured when small and green in the adult stage

May 07, 2012
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I found the answer
by: Anonymous

Hi guys. Yes after a lot of searching I did eventually find out what these suckers are. They are the green vegetable bug. Do a google image search and you will see that these bugs start off small and black and develop spots as they grow.

Eventually they become the fully grown adult (which breed like rabbits!) and are a lot bigger and completely green.

Unfortunately I still haven't found the answer because I had another infestation this year and lost most of my tomatoes.

They are definitely not beneficial since they literally are suckers. Look closely at your tomatoes or any other plants you see them on and you'll see the damage. They'll get into anything they can suck the life out of.

I tried using Pyrethrum which did deter them for a while but they never seem to go far. Keep an eye out for their strangely symmetrical shaped egg pods(?) Ive found them in my flower beds too nowhere near the vege patch so be on the lookout.

Dave.

May 07, 2012
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I was really hoping to see the answer as I have these too!
by: Anonymous

I think these bugs may be beneficial because they are hanging around a very healthy and happy jalapeno plant. I see absolutely no damage. In fact, I have another plant that isn't as healthy and there are none of these bugs on it. So I'm not necessarily looking to rid myself of them but I want to know what they are!

Jan 30, 2012
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black bugs on tomatoes
by: J

Dave I have the same black bugs on our tomatoes this year and would like to know if you have had any luck in identifying them and the solution to getting rid of them! We are organic also

Feb 18, 2011
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Australian tomato yellow spotted beetles
by: Anonymous

Query the Oregon State Plant Clinic at:
http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/bpp/Plant clinic/index.htm

See if they have access to information that would cover your specific geographical area. The Univ. has an extensive insect collection.

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