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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Can anyone help me out?

Sorry for the extended radio silence.  I'd love to say it's because Bag End is alive and well and we are having too much fun to blog.  I will say that if you like - but I will be fibbing.  We are now looking at three months without proper rain and my cheerful disposition is as dried up as parts of the garden.  But enough of that particular misery, today's little problem is someone and a few dozen of his kin munching their way through the marigolds in the greenhouse.  Actually, there are three different "someone's"

Fairly certain this little bugger is a Cabbage White because I've seen them around the garden and I have brassicas (kale) in the net house which is bound to attract the little sods.





I often see moths in the greenhouse, and have found a caterpillar which might be a Winter Moth, not worried about that.




Management and I have gone cross-eyed on Google and have not identified this chap.  It is definitely a looper caterpillar, and very active & agile.  Not as big as the (possible) Winter Moth, but definitely larger than the (possible) Cabbage White.   Can anyone help please?






Sorry about all the blurry bits, I am terribly out of practise trying to take macro photos.




13 comments:

  1. I'm no help to you I'm afraid just wanted to say eurgh! I feel for you and your garden in this heat Jayne, today is set to be the hottest day on record for the UK apparently.

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    1. Appreciate that Eileen, unfortunately the concern for some treasured plants has rather spoilt my enjoyment of the lovely weather.

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  2. I’ve got a book of all the uk caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Will look through it and see if I can help. It’s always a dilemma for me, whether the insect is more important than the plant. Earlier this summer mullein pillars decimated my verbascum, but the plant has since had a second flowering so all is well. I do feel for you x

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    1. CT, thank you so very much. I confess I did hope you would see this and have the time to look. I checked into your blog last night and think Beastie number 3 might be Orange Tip, in which case they definitely stay, as do the Winter Moth. This morning I'm not so sure as to whether the caterpillar I thought is Cabbage Whites actually is.

      I'm not worried about the plants they are eating - marigolds - which are to attract pollinators into the greenhouse and that job is done now, have more tomatoes than we know what to do with!

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    2. Worth bearing in mind that even the whites are struggling, nationally. I’ll be back with (hopefully) some ids for you 👍

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    3. Thanks CT. I had a change of heart over the Whites, especially as my identification could be completely wrong and all the caterpillars are still munching away in the greenhouse!

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    4. I’ve just gone through my book and don’t think they are whites. I wondered about sawflies but they usually come in large numbers. I suspect they are all moths. Sorry I can’t get down to species level for you, but hope that helps.

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    5. Much appreciated CT. Moths are fine by me, I often disturb a couple of medium sized 'brown somethings' when I water, so there is a good chance it is their offspring. Do appreciate the time you've taken for me. xx

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  3. I'm not able to help you, but I know how you feel, I have red spiders in my greenhouse, in early September I will take all the plants out and give the inside a deep clean.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, difficult to do a full deep clean here as I have permanent beds.

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  4. Oh dear Jayne, but I'm afraid I'm not much help. Just know that they are a nuisance & if I see one on something, they get squashed. Simply reminds me of the little ditty we sang as children, about a worm on a railway track called Oohey-gooey (giggle). Sorry!!! Are they very hungry & thirsty, due to your lack of rain? Hope you can get rid of them soon. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Certainly some bugs are a problem but not all - if we squished every caterpillar then it wouldn’t be long before there were no moths or butterlies and I certainly would not want to be responsible in any small way for that. Hence wanting to check what they are before deciding whether they get the heave-ho or not.

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    2. I don't really squish many Jayne, mostly on my pretty potted cyclamen, as they are the pesky ones I see as we have our morning tea on the back verandah in Spring. I see quite a few on the veg at times, but being squeamish on the squashing front, they are usually left to their own devices to either breed or feed the birds, lizards or frogs. I definitely don't spray.

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