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7/10/11 2:02 P

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I've seen they in action while watching nature programs on TV. Very interesting to see.

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7/3/11 8:14 A

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Good to know.

Oh, how parasitic wasps make me glad I'm not an insect! What a gruesome way to die!

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7/2/11 2:44 P

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handpicking does work, but don't touch the red horn on it, If you see white eggs sticking out leave it. It was attacked by a parasitic wasp which laid eggs and the larvae will eat the hornworm for you and grow to be parents to kill future generations of tomato hornworms.

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7/2/11 1:35 P

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How do you control hornworm? Handpicking?

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6/20/11 7:52 P

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Actually, peppers are related to eggplants, potato, tomato, tobacco, and deadly nightshade. the leaves as well as various parts of the plant (such as the berries on potatoes) are poisonous to most animals. look for a green caterpillar with a red thorny looking growth on the end (tomato hornworm), potato beatles which are green and yellow striped as the possible culprits.



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6/20/11 7:41 P

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Birds usually like to snip off the stems of vegetable plants. I don't believe they like to eat the leaves, but I could be wrong. I would suspect larva or bugs, if so I use a mix of hot peppers soaked in water then mix in dish soap to make the solution stick to the plants and spray your plants to control pests. They don't like hot peppers at all, of course you need to re-spray after it rains. See if it will work for you.

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6/20/11 7:25 P

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I don't have any peppers yet (well one tiny little "red" one which is actually still green, but I've noticed the wholes in my leaves as well. Curious so hear the answer to this - wish I could tell you what it is!

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My red pepper plants are about 4 to 5 inches high and look pretty healthy except some of the leaves have holes in them. Is this a problem or are the birds eating the leaves?



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