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453 Views 2 Replies Last post: Jun 30, 2013 9:48 PM by Gill RSS
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Jun 28, 2013 6:19 PM

Hungry Green caterpillars

Hi, my Welsh poppies - Meconopsis cambrica, are being stripped to stems and leaf stalks by rapidly growing smooth green caterpillars with a thin paler side-stripe. Once the poppies have been devoured they will move on, but I seldom find them on surrounding Digitalis, Iris, Geranium etc till the poppies have been finished. If they will turn into desirable adults I'll leave them be, but I'd rather pick them off and  squash them!DSC00556.JPGThere are 2 centrally, top and bottom. Another just below middle on the left. The stalks are all M cambrica. As they get older they fade a bit, to a more yellowish green colour  and become 'cloudy' rather than 'bright green'. They vary from thin cotton to large caterpillars inch-and-half long. Hope you can help, thanks.

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    Jun 30, 2013 9:44 PM (in response to Gill)
    Re: Hungry Green caterpillars

    Hi Gill , I have these poppies too but nothing ever eats them , I think they are Angle Shades moth caterpillars ,but may be wrong .

     

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