Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Tiny green caterpillar, what is it?

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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Aug 2, 2013 5:34 PM CST
I found these in my friends garden, anybody know what they are?


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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 3, 2013 8:34 AM CST

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Very interesting Pia. It will most likely turn into some kind of moth or butterfly.
You could put them in a large glass jar and watch them morph into whatever they will become. Just keep adding new food, preferably what they are eating now.
That way we will learn if they are friend or foe.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Aug 3, 2013 9:12 AM CST
These are sawfly larvae. It depends on how much you are bothered about them eating the leaves whether or not you view them as a pest.

I had Solomons-seal sawfly for the first time this year, I even saw a female on the plant probably thinking about laying eggs! What did I do? I took a photo! Hilarious! Later on I was privileged to get photos of lots of fat larvae stripping my plants. Rolling my eyes.

It won't be easy to say what they are, the plant might give a clue if you know what it is as many sawfly are plant specific.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Aug 3, 2013 12:11 PM CST
I'm Glad they are in somebody else's garden and not yours! Glare
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valleylynn
Aug 3, 2013 12:37 PM CST

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Pia do you know what the plant is that they are feeding on?
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Aug 4, 2013 1:24 AM CST
Looks like a rose to me I'll check when I return to his garden later on and I'll let you know x
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valleylynn
Aug 4, 2013 8:18 AM CST

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