Grotesque looking little spindly things attacking my Jalepeno Pepper plant-Please identify?
Are these black ugly things the larvae of this ugly critter? If so, is there anything I can do to kill them off besides waiting for my praying mantis’ to hatch? Are they destructive to my vegetable garden? Any help you can provide, I would be so grateful. I truly would rather depend on natural predators if possible but if I need to use pesticides, I would be alright with that option as well.
Thanks in advance.
The Kerbys

Hi Kerbys,
You have a photo of one mature and a colony of immature Keel-Backed Treehoppers. Many species look very similar. They are fond of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other solanaceous plants. We handpick them from our plants or spray with soapy water.

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