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Little Black Balls on my Bell Peppers and Oregano

Zone Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago | [email protected] added on February 13, 2019 | Answered

Hi I've looked it up and people are saying it's caterpillar poop...and then I did notice tiny caterpillars on my plants (that are now full of holes) If so, how do I get rid of them??? I tried washing them off, but that didn't work. Also, one of my bell pepper plants is starting to have faint purple colours-- is that normal? Also, some of my parsley has white spots and looks almost dead. Any reason as to why/how?  Below are pictures to illustrate my situation.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on February 15, 2019

I think I spy a cutworm in one of your images.
The black specks are indeed the residue from these type of caterpillars.
These articles will help you address all your questions.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/prevent-caterpillars.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/black-stems-on-pepper-plants.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/parsley/diseases-of-parsley.htm

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