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Photo#1660860
Eating Pepper plants from the inside out (not the peppers - the plant stems themselves)

Eating Pepper plants from the inside out (not the peppers - the plant stems themselves)
Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida, USA
May 12, 2019
Size: .03"
These are burrowing into my bell pepper plants and eating the stems from the inside out. They don't appear to bother the peppers themselves. I observed 3 different colors of this insect. The juveniles appear to be white in color at half the size of the other specimens. The larger specimens are orange or black. I don't know if they're different genders or instars. They seem to burrow out sections about 1" to 2" long on average. Most appear to have done their damage already and left. I cut open at least 8 burrows and only found one active infestation site.
I also noticed that the stems in the area of the burrowed spots seemed to be cut off. I don't know if this is from the same pest or not - but the proximity and consistency is an indicator that the two are related. The leaves on the pepper plants do not seem to be under attack - except at the stem.
These a very small insects. The photos were taken through a microscope. Length is about 1-2 mm

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Eating Pepper plants from the inside out (not the peppers - the plant stems themselves) Eating Pepper plants from the inside out (not the peppers - the plant stems themselves)

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