Caterpillars Stripping Pines - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Alan Bacon
Falls City, NE
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Question by albacon
May 13, 1999
I have gray caterpillars with black and brown lengthwise stripes eating all the needles off my white and Austrian pines. They work in groups, starting at the end of a branch and working down until all the needles are consumed. Then they move as a group to the end of another branch and repeat the process. These little monsters are about to set my landscaping back about 20 years. They are horribly quick and destructive, and I'd like to return the favor. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
May 13, 1999
I say you saw a saw fly! Sawfly larvae are ravenous critters all. You can spray with neem or a light summer oil to stop them in their tracks. Both are available from Gardens Alive, ph# 812/537-8650, e-mail [email protected]/. Best of luck!

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