Larvae on tomato shoots

TomskTomsk Posts: 204

I have some small tomato shoots in pots (the leaves are just starting to appear now) and they've been spending most of their time outdoors lately because it's been warm. Yesterday I noticed tiny white larvae crawling around the soil in one of the pots, around the base of the shoot. I presume a moth or other flying insect laid them there, and I can't see any in the other pots yet.

Does anyone know what they might be, and whether they're a threat to the plant?

Here's a couple of photos with a paper clip to indicate scale. And one of the tomato plant. I have no greenhouse but there's been plenty of sun over the last month, so I was expecting them to have grown more by now:

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Looks like vine weevil larvae image

    They eat the roots of your plant, possibly why the tomato plant isnt growing.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,283

    Too small to be vine weevil which curl into a C shape when disturbed.  It is  fungus gnat larvae I think.  Google that and you get this image:

     

    http://www.carnivorousplants.org/howto/Pests/images/FungusGnatLarvae.jpg

     

    RHS advice here:

    http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=804

     

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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