White egg capsules primairly on the lower stems of tomato plants

by William Steinhart
(Willow Street, PA USA)

Infested tomato stems

Infested tomato stems

Infested tomato stems



I noticed about 50+ white eggs attached to the stem of one of my plants. It didn't look lie it was part of the stem. In a few days all of my plants had hundreds of the "egg" capsules. They did not seem to be bothering tomato production of the 4 plants. Then the bottom brancher started to wither. Upper stems still seemed to thrive and produce tomatoes. The lower stems continued to turn brown and loose leaves. Below are several pictures of the infested stems.


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The culprit is a tomato hornworm NEW
by: Carol

If you search that, you will find how to get rid of them. If the worm has eggs attached, it's pretty gross. I had one like that; it means a wasp has laid eggs, and those eggs are best left on the hornworm, and will destroy it and any other hornworms that may occur.

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