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My Encounter With The Turd Bug

turd bug on tomato leaf

Little “turd bug” on my tomatoes.

As I was checking on my newly planted tomato plants the other day, I noticed this black spot on a leaf. I thought at first it was just a bird turd because that is what it looked like. The bluejays and chickadees like to perch on the wire cages that are around the tomatoes and I almost didn’t look further, but then I saw another one – and it looked exactly the same.

Upon closer inspection I saw that it was a bug! I picked it up and it had a hard shell that split in half to reveal wings and it flew away. Like a ladybug, but not as cute. I noticed quite a few of them and began to pick them off the leaves because I noticed that they were chewing holes.  I call it a turd bug because I have no idea what it is, but it looks like bird poop.

I’ve never encountered this bug before. If you know what it is, please leave me a message.

Update:  They are now on my potato plants too.
12-11-12 …. Also…. Thank you to the reader who said they may be the Clavate Tortoise beetle or Plagiometiona clavata. I think so…!!! Many thanks.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Marty permalink
    06/21/2012 7:05 pm

    Have you had any luck finding out what this bug is? I too am having a small infestation of these no named bugs but have been having a difficulty identifying it.

    • 06/22/2012 11:13 am

      Nope, no luck with identification. They have pretty much gone – although I did find one on a tomato leaf yesterday. The odd thing is that I don’t remember EVER seeing these before. If you find out, come back and tell me – please!

  2. Marti R permalink
    12/09/2012 10:30 am

    Might be a Clavate Tortoise Beetle (Plagiometriona clavata). Most gardeners seem to recommend controlling them by picking them off and killing them.

    • 12/11/2012 6:58 pm

      Yes, I looked it up and that is it! I did pick them off or flick them off the leaves as I could.
      Thanks so much for the help.


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