Yesturday my 7 year old brother came home with a box full of these critters which he got from one of my neighbour's kids.
Its pretty clear to me that neither of them knows a thing about rearing caterpillars. But then nor do I. They came in an unsuitably airtight box and do not seem to be eating any of the greens placed inside.
With all babbling aside, can anyone please identify what these are? They are grey with black round heads and yellow tail, grey all over with small black spots and 2 rows of larger yellow spots. Legs are black with true legs significantly longer than the prolegs. I think it looks more like some kind of sawfly larve than a proper caterpillar but I'm not sure.
Clould I also know what they eat?
& Hope the photo is clear enough. My camera is old
They do look a bit like a sawfly larvae picture I found on the www.gardensafari.net sawfly page.....but even if they are, it's not clear what type! I'm sure the experts will know
I guess you could take some photos of the larvae out of the box, to get better images. They look like the Berberis Sawfly Arge berberidis, but I'm not sure.
I hope this helps.
Yep, they're definitely berberis sawflies, which are basically introduced pests aren't they? I guess it would be irresponsible to try and continue to raise them and they certainly shouldn't be released.
Guess I'll have to have a proper chat with my lil' bro about this!
Rose sawfly larvae?