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 Post subject: Re: Tomato best practice, disease resistance & growing from
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:50 am 
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Any pest spray with Bt. Safer Caterpillar Killer is a popular product, but some are hesitant because it isn't selective, it will kill all caterpillars, including ones that turn into pretty butterflies. Here's the thing: Butterflies aren't fans of the tomatoes. The tomato hornworm evolves as a moth. The caterpillar pupates in the ground, emerges as a moth, lays eggs on plants, eggs hatch, larvae nom leaves and tomatoes, they go to the ground to pupate, and the cycle starts all over again. If you can't get nematodes to apply to the soil, you can apply Bt. Bt is a bacteria, not a chemical. A majority of caterpillars cannot digest the bacteria and that is what gets rid of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato best practice, disease resistance & growing from
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:58 am 
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Thanks, jewbacca! I think last year she kept one to see what it turned into and it was a hummingbird moth(?). I'll have to ask later.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato best practice, disease resistance & growing from
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:53 am 
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Hummingbird moth? I'm intrigued. I'll have to google image that one.

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 Post subject: Re: Tomato best practice, disease resistance & growing from
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:19 pm 
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Dude, they are gorgeous! Too bad they like the tomatoes.

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