Sunday, June 15, 2014

A horticulture expert answers

Tobacco Budworm


The adult is a moth but the damage is done by the larval or caterpillar stage. In this stage the caterpillar feeds on flower buds and leaves.  The giveaways that it is tobacco budworm are the 
lack of flowers, holes in the leaves from feeding, the type of plant and the time of year. 
The flowers fail to open so lack of flowering is a pretty good indicator the pest is present. 
Small holes in the leaves are another good indicator.  Besides petunia, tobacco budworms like geraniums and nicotiana.........

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