something eating peppers

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by kentuckyhippie, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. kentuckyhippie

    kentuckyhippie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    anyone else having a problem with something eating their peppers? I have hot chili and cayenne pepper and something is eating a hole in them about the size of a dime. I haven't been able to find any type of insect on them. I'm just wondering what kind of bug is tough enough to chow down on hot chili's. Anyone got any idea?
     
  2. Jimmy Mack

    Jimmy Mack Well-Known Member

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    not certain, but my guess would be:

    PEPPER WEEVIL, Anthonomus eugenii Cano

    Plants Attacked: Pepper

    Description: Adults are black weevils about l/s inch long with a sparse covering of tan-to-gray hairs. Larvae are white grubs with brown heads.

    Life History: Adults lay eggs in buds or young pods. Young larvae feed and develop in young pods where they pupate. There may be five to eight generations which appear to be continuous in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

    Damage: Tunnels damage the seed mass in the center of pepper pods.

    here's a nice link re: INSECTS IN VEGETABLES

    http://entowww.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/b-1273.html#PEPPER WEEVIL

    hope you are having a GROOVEY day kyhippie :D
     

  3. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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  4. jkillen

    jkillen Well-Known Member

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    Just to let you know I'm getting them too. I started just picking them
    green and letting them dry.