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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Little Green Larvae Reply with quote

Hi there,
I have just found about 20 little green caterpillar type creatures (5-10mm)on my 3 year old potted blueberry bush. There are no leaves on the bush yet and the pests are buried in buds or furled up dead leaves still attached to the branches looks like they are eating the buds anyone know what they might be?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any chance of a picture it could be a moth or cabbage white butterfly, speckled wood etc.............need more info better discription. lenght, colour, any other markings, mouth, hairy smooth ect etc
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colour green
length 5-10mm
smooth skin

Hope this helps and thanks for your input
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what you have there is the larvae stage of a sawfly. Sawflies are a group of insects related to wasps and bees. Their name is derived from the saw-like ovipositor the adult female uses to lay eggs. Adult sawflies are inconspicuous wasp-like insects that do not sting. The larval or immature stage of sawflies are plant feeders and look like hairless caterpillars (the immature stage of butterflies and moths). The most distinguishing character between sawflies and caterpillars is the number of prolegs (fleshy, leg-like projections) on the abdomen. Caterpillars have 2-5 prolegs on the abdomen while sawflies have 6 or more. Sawflies often feed in groups and can quickly defoliate portions of their host plant. There are many different species of sawflies and each prefers specific plants or groups of related plants. Keep an eye on your gooseberries as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the information Is there a quicker way of getting rid of them than picking one off at a time, i was thinking of a mild alkali spray washing up liquid or something similar.?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need an insectide with Pyrethrum in it. This is also the name of the plant in the chrysanthemum family and the name used to describe the insecticidal goo extracted from it. so its natural its also the stuff that is in flyspray ironic that something natural is so devastating.
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