Thanks to Plants on Deck’s gardening buddy BH and the magical Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the mystery has been solved.
BH commented, “They also look not unlike the malicious Brown Marmorated Stink Bug which Brendan Skwire over at Brendan Calling wrote about for City Paper earlier this year. If so, sound the alarms!”
POD’s little pesties looked precisely like the creepy crawlies featured in Skwire’s CP article and hatched forth from a clutch of precisely 28 eggs…just as Rutgers suggested.
Consider the alarm sounded. The sighting has been reported and photos have been forwarded to Rutgers. Sigh.
…Not as I do. Although the tomatoes appear to have weathered the recent cold spell fairly well, they probably would have benefited from a later planting date. Check out Brian Howard’s great interview with Mike McGrath in the Philadelphia City Paper.
Notes for 2011 — Plants on Deck date is May 1.