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Clarabel
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: bright green caterpillars Reply with quote

I couldn't understand why my Christmas roses weren't blooming or why none of the winter bulbs like snowdrops had come up yet.

So I took a gander into the garden yesterday and discovered I have a massive infestation of these bright green caterpillars. They seems to be eating everything green including my ferns.

There birds haven't arrived yet to eat them and I fear if I do nothing they will eat the rest of my garden before they do.

Any suggestions on what I can do?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An earlier topic dealing with caterpillars on veg Spraying cabbages and brussels with soapy water solution.
All the methods mentioned for the veg will work on your other plants.
A suitable shop bought insecticide will contain the ingredient malathion or else you can use the more organic "Liquid derris".
Good few options there.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPI wrote:
An earlier topic dealing with caterpillars on veg Spraying cabbages and brussels with soapy water solution.
All the methods mentioned for the veg will work on your other plants.
A suitable shop bought insecticide will contain the ingredient malathion or else you can use the more organic "Liquid derris".
Good few options there.


these will be ok for the birds?

Is it unusual for them to be here so early?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clarabel wrote:
these will be ok for the birds?


Which?
If you mean the shop bought insecticides, I would try to avoid them if you treasure your birds.
Also don't feed any caterpillars felled by the sprays to the birds.

If you mean will the caterpillars be ok for the birds if picked off and left for the birds to feed on , then yes they will be ok.

Clarabel wrote:
Is it unusual for them to be here so early?

Seems to be a bit yes.
But then it has been very springlike the last few days.

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