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The Fabulous Underworld of a Tomato Canopy

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Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

I spent a couple of days recently scouting tomatoes for an on-farm research project I am working on. I was supposed to be looking for hornworms and fruitworms, but I kept getting side-tracked by all the amazing critters I found on the underside of tomato leaves! I know many of you will have noticed them as you harvest, so in case you have been wondering what some of them are, check out the photos below.

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tomato hornworm larva

hornworm egg

Trichogramma wasp laying egg inside hornworm egg

Trichogramma wasp laying egg inside hornworm egg

Trichogramma wasp

Trichogramma wasp laying egg inside hornworm egg

Trichogramma wasp

parasitized hornworm egg - note darker color

parasitized hornworm egg

lady beetle egg cluster

just hatched lady beetle larvae feeding

lacewing larva on the hunt

lacewing larva eating aphid

aphids (note white cast skins)

aphid shedding skin

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