worms in strawberries

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by Unregistered, Feb 22, 2002.

  1. Have tiny brown worms inside strawberries 5-10 in a berry. Anyone seen them?
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Two possibilities from what I've researched.

    One possibility is strawberry sap beetle, the other is omnivorous leaftier ("strawberry fruitworm").

    Information on the strawberry sap beetle can be found here (in the middle of the page):
    The larvae of this beetle are white with a brown head and up to 1/10 of an inch long.

    The omnivorous leaftier according to the 2001 PNW Insect Management Handbook has mature larvae that are 3/4 inch long, light cream in colour, with tan heads which web and feed in growing plant tips and strawberry fruits as they ripen. For the Pacific Northwest, it suggests to look for leaftiers in the first week of May, but if the strawberries you have are from a more moderate clime (California, perhaps?) they may be a persistent problem.
  3. Does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them?

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