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Leek moth pupa on a garlic leaf. The larva of this invasive pest affects onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. It was first discovered in the US in 2009 in a home garden in Plattsburgh, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/08-009.htm">Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food</a>
Leek moth pupa on a garlic leaf. The larva of this invasive pest affects onions, garlic, leeks, chives and shallots. It was first discovered in the US in 2009 in a home garden in Plattsburgh, NY. Photo: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Caterpillars and moths: pests to watch for

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There IS always something.

Last week, Cornell Cooperative Extension sent around a notice asking growers to keep an eye out for a new-ish pest, the leek moth, and report any sightings. Leek moths attack the onion and garlic family, and researchers are trying to track their spread across the North Country.

Then there's an old pest to worry about as tomatoes mature: the tomato hornworm.

Amy Ivy has more information on both of these in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley.

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