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Managing caterpillars organically

publication date: Sep 1, 2010
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Tomato HornwormCaterpillars are the larval or immature stage of moths and butterflies, and may be major insect pests of high tunnel and outdoor organically grown crops. During summer through fall, moths can lay eggs that hatch into caterpillars. Caterpillars have chewing mouthparts and will feed on a variety of vegetable and ornamental crops. In fact, herbaceous plants such as annuals and perennials located outdoors are highly susceptible to attack by caterpillars. If left unchecked, caterpillars can severely damage crops.

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