Tomato Fruit Worm
- Adult: male forewing cream-colored with orange or olive cast, female light yellow brown with indistinct vertical lines. Active at night, with a 1 1/2 in. wing span.
- Egg: waxy white, dome-shaped and ribbed, with a flat base, found on under surface of leaves or even petals of flowers; hatch in 2-3 days, laid singly.
- Larva: color variable, ranging from very dark to light green or pink, alternating longitudinal dark and light stripes, skin covered with short sharp microspines, larval stage lasts 14-21 days.
- Pupa: brown, found in soil, adult emerges in 7-14 days.
- Generation Time: 28-35 days.
- Damage: larvae chew large, deep holes in fruit, especially at stem end; occasionally feed on foliage.
Tomato Fruitworm Pictures
Tomato Fruitworm -
adult has yellowish-brown front wings with indistinct vertical lines and is active at night.
a) larvae may feed on foliage but prefer feeding on fruit, often at calyx end;
b) eggs are ridged and are deposited singly, usually on lower surfaces of leaves adjacent to or near flowers.