Skip to main content

NC State Extension

The Fabulous Underworld of a Tomato Canopy

en Español

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.

English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

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.

Page 1

(place your mouse over the photo to read the caption)

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

Page 1
Page Last Updated: 10 years ago
Was the information on this page helpful? Yes check No close