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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