Worms in Basil Plant

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Date Photo Taken: August 16, 2010
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: kathleenfosha


My organic lemon basil is infested with these worms which build a cocoon in the basil leaves, eat the leaves and leave black droppings. Is this an immature horn worm (that have destoyed my tomato plants)? How do they get in the plant? How does a gardener control them other than cutting off the leaves? Any natural predators?


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    can you send a couple of up-close, in-focus pix of the head?

    August 16th, 2010 at 1:16 pm
  2. Henry Unregistered says:

    Spray with Thuricide or any other product containing B.T. Completely organic and you can use it up to day of harvest

    August 16th, 2010 at 2:44 pm
  3. Caitlin Unregistered says:

    This! This has been terrorizing my tomato plants! I’m going to attempt using a product as suggested by Henry, but was there any verdict on what these things are? I’ve been scouring the internet, and this is the closest I’ve come to spotting what I’ve been plagued with.

    June 20th, 2012 at 4:25 pm
  4. Berni Unregistered says:

    I got exactly this in my tomato plans. Everyday i kill about 2-8 of them by Hand. I’m not a friend of pesticide. But how is it possible that there come everyday again? There are small ones, big ones. So there not growing up in the plant they came from somewhere. But would be nice to know if there is some information about this worm.

    August 11th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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