I realize this isn't a hydro question, but I'm posting here because surely someone has this insect and I need to know what it is, how to get rid of it, whether my plants are too far destroyed, and how to prevent it next time. My eggplants, I have four of them, three heirlooms and one black beauty, and they are being eaten by something.
I put three pictures of the plant and the leaf on my blog, http://www.thecornerinthemiddle.com/?p=428
I am at a loss. Until two days ago, I sprayed simple insecticide soap on the leaves and that usually fixes all my pest ills. It has not helped, and two days ago I had to buy a garden poison because this pest has spread to everything.
I would normally separate the plants immediately, but I've no where to put them except where they are. It is not a fungus or disease, at least not one I have ever seen. It seems like some kind of leaf minor, but again, I've been gardening for almost thirteen years and have never seen this before. Maybe it is just my bad luck, or maybe since it's my first year growing eggplant, this is something specific to them. I grew the plants from seed, aside from one, which I bought three days ago because mine were being eaten and I feared they won't make it. However, the next morning, the pest had spread to my storebought one. Anyone have any ideas at all?