University of Florida

Insect Fruit Damage Decision Key

stink bug fruit damageSelect the best description of the fruit damage.

  1. Large, deep holes anywhere on fruit surface . . . go to Armyworms; beet, southern, and yellowstriped; also Tomato fruitworm
  2. Small holes, mostly under calyx at stem end . . . go to Tomato pinworm
  3. Small puncture surrounded by light discolored spot . . . go to Stink bug / Leaffooted bug
  4. Small dimples, surrounded by whitish area, especially on blossom end . . . go to Flower thrips, damage most pronounced from Western flower thrips, especially in North Florida
  5. Fruit dimpled and distorted . . . go to Leaffooted bug