[Market-farming] tomatillos and a 'worm'

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Tue Feb 3 16:28:52 EST 2004

It might be tomato fruitworm, also known as corn earworm. You might try
standard Bt sprays. They might work but it'll depend on the feeding habit of
the larvae after it hatches. It may go right into the husk, which would
prevent the spray from reaching it.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>I have not grown tomatillos
>A neighbor has told me that while they thrive in the heat here, she
>finds they are frequently under attack from a worm of some sort.  It
>apparently lives just under the outer paper shell, near the top of the
>Any ideas as to what the pest is and how to prevent or control it?

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