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Old September 19, 2017   #1
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was out cutting dying branches off tomato plants, and found one that had a light brown section about 6 inches long and felt hollow, green on both sides of it, cut it open and found these black things inside, there was a line of them, some fell out, anyone know what they could be?---tom
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I'm not sure, but could that be frass (caterpillar poo) or some other insect excrement? It does not appear to be eggs. I'm wondering if a hole was chewed into the stem and these just happened to fall in.
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I'm wondering if a hole was chewed into the stem and these just happened to fall in.
Or the critter that left them chewed a hole in the stem and flew out!
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encore,

looks like white mold:
https://hortnews.extension.iastate.e...mato_mold.html

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looks like white mold:
https://hortnews.extension.iastate.e...mato_mold.html

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Steve, I think that you are right. I have never heard of this one before.

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Steve, I think that you are right. I have never heard of this one before.

Thanks!
Patti, I have seen it a few times on my greenhouse tomatoes and i see it quite often on my field dahlias (late in the season). It is an interesting disease.
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thanks steve, that's exactly what it is.---tom
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