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Old 08-04-2008, 04:04 AM   #1
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Default What are these worms eating the cones?

The smaller is alive and I think is a younger version of the larger specimen next to it, which is dead.
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Very small bugger.
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They spin a weak cocoon on the hop cone and attach to a near by cone or leaf and then munch away.
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The lupulin gets exposed and I would assume makes it no good.
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I noticed these worms last year, but didn't worry about it then.

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Inchworm, inchworm Measuring the marigolds

Inchworm, name for the larvae of moths of the family Geometridae, a large, cosmopolitan group with over 1200 species indigenous to North America

(Although the most common sort are about 1 cm, that just doesn't scan.)

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looks a lot like an indian meal moth or pantry/flour moth larva.

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I sprayed with combo tobacco tea, soap mixture to kill/deter any further infestation into cones. Will spray again next weekend cuz it rained today for the first time in 4 weeks...I should have sprayed a couple weeks ago to get it to rain, ha!

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Dipel dust. Contains Bacillus thuringiensis which will make the worms or caterpillars stop eating and die. It's safe to use right up until harvest.

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Look on the bright side... they're telling you those hops are TASTY!

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Look on the bright side... they're telling you those hops are TASTY!
Ha! Hope they leave something for da beer!
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