Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Mystery Tomatillo Bugs
The other day I was picking up the fallen ground cherries and pineapple tomatillos and noticed a few leaves had been eaten, seemingly from the center out. Upon closer inspection, on one leaf [and only one...I searched high and low and could not find this on any others...which worries me] I spotted yellow eggs and tiny brownish black bugs. The bugs looked like perhaps they just hatched.
This whole situation looked a lot like squash bug eggs. But these were not the tiny squash bugs I was finding for weeks on end in the garden. I suspect this is something different.
Do any of my gardening readers have insight on what these bugs are? Should I be doing something to prevent them? Will they kill my plants? I don't think my nerves have it in me to endure another squash bug or eggplant bug infestation. Oy...it's been a tough year for me and bugs!