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Identifying Hornworms

Two species of hornworm caterpillars feed on tobacco and other plants. Tobacco hornworms (Manduca sexta) and tomato hornworms (Manduca quinquemaculata) are easy to confuse.  They both have similar appearance, life cycles, and eat MORE » – from   Entomology

Hornworm activity in eastern NC tobacco

In the past week, we’ve noticed a dramatic jump in the number of hornworm caterpillars and eggs in our test plots at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount. As these caterpillars can MORE »

Mid summer tobacco insect update

Caterpillars Large and Small So far this year, tobacco budworm numbers of in our research plots at both Kinston and Rocky Mount have remained below threshold (less than 10% of plants infested).  However, MORE »

Questions about tank mixing pesticides in tobacco

This week, I have received several questions about possible phytotoxcity associated with insecticide applications directed against tobacco budworm. The three seperate phone calls and emails each involved a different insecticide (all caterpillar materials), MORE »

Tobacco budworm moth. Photo by Clyde Sorenson, NC State University Department of Entomology.

Tobacco budworm activity beginning

I received my first tobacco budworm calls for 2013 today, so it’s safe to say that budworm moths are active in eastern North Carolina.  The threshold for tobacco budworm management is 10% infested MORE »

Aphids in tobacco greenhouses

It has been a relative quiet spring for insect questions in tobacco, but last week I received several calls asking about aphid management in tobacco greenhouses.  Aphids are an occasional pest in tobacco MORE »