Description: Plump, smooth-skinned, greasy-looking caterpillars up to 1 inch long often found curled up at base of plants.
Damage: Young transplants may be cut down at ground level, or branches may be removed from larger plants. Some damage to small tomato fruit may occur on older plants.
What to do: Physical barriers, such as aluminum foil wrapped around a 4-inch length of stem between leaves and roots may be used to protect newly set transplants. Baits, sprays or recommended insecticides may be needed. Avoid planting tomatoes in soil recently in grass or sod.
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