Plumeria forum: Caterpillars!!!

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 9, 2014 10:33 AM CST

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In a rerun of an event that took place about 6 years ago, friends called me this morning to say their plumeria tree was covered in caterpillars! DH and I went and helped them get rid of them, but here are some pictures meanwhile.
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The tree
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The critters on the tree
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bucket of caterpillars....

Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 9, 2014 12:07 PM CST
Those appear to be the hawk moth caterpillar, also called the frangipani moth caterpillar. They are similar to the azalea caterpillar and are heavy feeders. Those moths are similar to the sphinx moths that I see in the fall and are hummingbird size.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 9, 2014 2:14 PM CST

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Yes, they are the caterpillars of the Tetrio Sphinx Moth and Plumeria are their main food group Thumbs down
Those of you who know me from 'the other site' may have read my article on them.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 11, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Awww..they do look cute! But I would hate it as well if it will feast on my Plumie. So what do you do with the caterpillars? Just toss them out?? Blinking
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 11, 2014 12:46 PM CST

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I put them in a ziploc baggie and in the freezer, that is a humane way of killing them.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 11, 2014 1:00 PM CST
Oh, that is good to know..I would squirm trying to touch one. Big Grin

I remember seeing lots and lots of tent caterpillars when we were in Kenora, a small town in Ontario, Canada, all those creepy crawlies everywhere, covering outdoor walls, tire wheels, benches, hanging from trees..makes you squirm looking at them. I do not know how they remove it..or maybe they just try if they can, such a huge army of those caterpillars.
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Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Nov 11, 2014 2:09 PM CST
I feed mine to the birds.
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