Some bug ate the leaves off my tomato plants

I thought I'd get a head start and plant my tomatos early this year. Everything was going well. I planted a whole bunch of heirloom tomatoes (yellow tomatoes, orange tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes I had cross polinated myself - a beefstake tomato with a tiny cherry variety).
I planted them in trays, they sprouted, I transplanted them then to the garden. Some damn bug chewed all the leaves up and killed them all.
It annoys me no end that they destroyed my tomato plants.
I lost all my heirloom tomato seeds and the ones I had cross polinated last year. I wanted to see what they would result in. But now its all gone including my seeds.
F@*# those damn bugs
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This is probably what got to them
http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4dmg/Pests/tomato.htm
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Probably hornworms. The most rapidly destructive bugs I've ever seen for tomatoes! The plants might recover. Spray them with BT!
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Omelet wrote:

That's what I think too. Usually it's faster (and more satisfying) to pick hornworms off by hand and squash them. Tomatoes can recover from a *lot* of insect damage, although they'll be set back quite a bit from it. Still, you may get a few fruit from them. (Save some of the seeds if the beefsteak x cherry makes it, the F2 hybrids is where it gets interesting)
Bob
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I used to feed hornworms to the chickens and ducks after hand picking them. That was even more fun to watch. <eg>
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Just got back in from watering my plants and getting some cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce for a salad. Found that 2 stalks of 1 and another stalk of another of my tomatoe plants had their leaves eaten also. I looked around the two plants, under leaves and all and could find the culprit.
It is obvious that something has eaten the leaves and they really did a number on my plants.
I also found three more of them litle green worms on the leaves of my lettuce.
Argh!!!!!!
This time I clipped them in half with my shear.
I couldn't find the culprit smong my tomato plants.
Wil
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Hornworms are VERY hard to spot! Try dawn and dusk when they are up feeding...
A black light helps too. Makes their stripes glow. :-)
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Yes they are. Their fresh droppings also illuminate the trail. They're so large and prolific you swear you'll need a big stick to tangle with the culprit :(
I find it helpful to have a few 8 foot stakes amongst the tomatoes
Birds perch on them and help me out.
Only once in the past 10 years have I had to tangle with them.
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[...]

so those caterpillars ain't so cute no mo ;)

uh ha

Way to go Wil! your developing a gardeners spine :)
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those damn bugs
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On Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:46:59 -0500, "Marie Dodge"

A tomato hornworm can take a branch off of a medium sized tomato plant overnight. Several worms and fairly small plants overnight would be long enough.
The OP seems to be in Canada and I doubt that his plants have been in the ground 2 months.
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True but they didn't fall from the sky 3" long. :-) You got to catch those suckers before they reach a size were they can do such horrific damage. We're always on the lookout for evidence of hornworms.

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Marie Dodge;807311 Wrote:

it could be flea beetles http://tinyurl.com/56hrgj
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But they grow so bloody fast! ;-) One night they are a pinprick and I swear in 24 hours, they ARE 3" long! <lol>
Seems that way anyhoo.
Many people swear by BT. It's supposed to be non-toxic to humans and other animals. Just larval insects.
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@yahoo.com says...

It all depends on where you are.
Our tomatoes have been in since early June... which is about two months. (London Ontario Canada)
Canada has a variety of climates, east to west and north to south...
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Let the plants grow further in medium size pots before planting them in the ground. Bird netting is another good idea.
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On Sun, 27 Jul 2008 19:42:50 -0700 (PDT), vorange

I planted 38 heirlooms, 35 in garden and 3 currant types in pots on the front deck.
Came out a couple of weeks ago, and the leaves were all gone on one of the potted ones. Had 2 tiny tomatoes on it. Found a hornworm trucking along in the pot. Could get in but couldn't get out. Weird that of all the targets I had, that so far, only one sitting alone on a deck was hit. HTH did it find that one?
BTW Just because the leaves are gone, doesn't mean it's dead. Don't throw it out unless you're sure.
After 2 weeks, just noticed last night that the naked one has sprouted new leaves on top starting to shade those 2 tiny tomatoes.
hth, tom
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