Last autumn, I had a problem with my capsicums (green
In some, there was a small hole, perhaps half-
centimetre or so diameter. Seeming to lead to
shrivelling at a small fruit size.
Cutting one open revealed something that looked rather
like a slug. It was already dead at that point. It
was larger than the hole, so I figure that it bored in,
and then grew for awhile inside.
This happened on at least half of the capsicums.
Was that really a slug? And, thus, would regular anti-
slug measures ("Slug-go," etc) prevent this? Or was it
il Fri, 17 Dec 2004 03:49:52 -0600, Auntie Em ha scritto:
nah, too many. 100 centimetres (cm) in a metre (m) a 1000 millimetres
(mm) in a metre. so that makes ... ummm... er... 5 mm! a tad smaller than 50. Did you know builders don't use
cm's? They just go from mm to m .
After all the discussion regarding measurements, there doesn't seem to be
an answer given. As there were half a dozen sweet peppers in my garden
with the same issue, I was hoping someone would answer.
il Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:33:26 -0800, email@example.com (Glenna Rose) ha
The only way to really know is to let a slug grow. I had larvae
wandering around my ceiling and into my dry food. It was by looking
at the parents that I realised I couldn't be so tolerant of moths
coming in at night. (That and using jars rather than packets).
So what flies around your garden? I've seen small slugs in sweet
peppers, I suspect they get in at the flower stage, but I just wash
then out if there's little damage. if you're in Aussie then your bugs
are different to ours (nz) and the horrifically numerous critters in
the americas. My Yates books talks of protecting from "slugs and
snails and caterpillars"
In article , firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds like you are talking more about some kind of
The thing I found inside the capsicum did *not* look
like a caterpillar. I am 95% sure that it was a slug
or something related. It seemed to already be dead, so
hard to tell details like antennae.
In addition to the bees, I have a few miscellaneous
flies, a couple of small swarms of gnat-looking things
(gone now, probably due to the weather), and a fair
number of those white butterfly-type things. Those
might technically be moths.
I had an actual holes in the capsicum itself (one in
each affected fruit.)
I seem to recall an idea that slugs and snails refuse
to cross a copper wire(?) So perhaps I should get some
copper wire, and make a loose spiral around the base of
each capsicum plant(?)
And maybe "Slug-go" in a circle around the inside edge
of each container?
I am in NZ (Wellington.)
Yes. Last season was my first for gardening. Aside
from this capsicum problem, my only other pests were
Cabbage Loopers. I am expecting them to arrive again,
and will try Spinosad (Yates brand "Success") as soon
as I see the first one.
I have some slugs and snails around, but I'm not
getting overrun or anything. I try to gently pick them
up and re-locate them. I don't like killing things, so
I am more concerned with repulsing them.
Thanks for your comments!
il Wed, 22 Dec 2004 18:52:02 -0800, Antipodean Bucket Farmer ha
Mine looked like larvae, The moth is a small non descript one, but
common as muck. Caterpillars have legs, don't they? These were pale
with a black mouth and tiny. I used to let them live when they came
in but after I had all this wildlife crawling around the kitchen, I
thought I'd have to be more particular.
Slug it is then.
Those whitefly have a small green caterpillar. Although the ones on
dahlias tend to go pink or yellow to match the flower - or is it
Ok my list of bugs has: codling moth, bronze beetle, weevils (they
like roses) as some that may fit the bill. Do the ones that eat
tomatoes also eat peppers.
You'll have to go out with a torch in the wee hours of the night to
see what is crawling over everything.
I suspect the slugs are branching out in their diet.
Crushed eggshells or gritty sand is what I heard.
yep, if you find slugs out on a wet day, they may be your culprit.
LOL a neighbour. Probably a bug blown over in the wind from Aussie.
I'm in Hastings
So far this has been a rotten spring for hot weather plants! But some
of my peppers are doing nicely under cover. I thought they were
jalapeno but seem to be a variety of the yellow banana one I
collected seeds off some years ago. Maybe they crossbred, or more
likely I mislabelled the seeds.
I toss them out for the birds to find.
I found this about pests in capsicums.
"The most common cause of holes is heliothis attack, but eggfruit
caterpillar and potato tuber moth can also cause them.
Low temperatures at time of setting can cause splitting in the end of
No idea what heliothis is. The info comes from Queensland