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creepy caterpillars on my Divinely Blue (3 Replies)

Posted September 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Can anyone help me get rid of these?? My DB is my prize possession… I can’t leave it to these varmints to fly to CA!! Help! Robin Tower

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Posted September 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Wow. I would be interested to know what those turn into.

I think many insecticides take care of caterpillars, and this is the route I would choose. You can also try plucking them off by hand.

If your tree is large and the above won’t work, I’ve read that you can try wrapping something sticky around the trunk; the caterpillars get stuck and die. This assumes, of course, that they make regular transits up and down the trunk. Or you can try to attract caterpillar predators to your tree, like birds, by hanging a bird feeder nearby. Of course, I don’t know what kind of caterpillars those are, and they may taste terrible.

Good luck!

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Posted September 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Yuck! They look sort of like Morringsonia confusa – confused woodgrain moth. Try Googling that and see if you learn anything. I do try to pluck caterpillars by hand but not sure how big your DB is. Strong blasts from a pressure nozzle on the hose sometimes work, too. Good luck!

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Posted December 16, 2015 at 5:03 pm

These look like redheaded pine sawflies (Neodiprion lecontei). Check out: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/Spfo/pubs/fidls/pine_sawfly/pinesawfly.htm

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