Insect and Bug ID forum: These guys are hanging around my baby Adeniums and Plumeria, what are they

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Mar 26, 2017 1:57 PM CST
They act like inch worms but other than the one photo that shows it as greenish in color the others are kind of brownish gray. In the one photo it's attached to one of my Plumeria seedlings leaf and the leaf is turning yellow either from the worm or something else. I'm getting ready to spray all the Adenium and Plumeria seedlings with some Neem oil I'm going to mix up. Think that will drive them away?

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 26, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Hi Chris,

They look like loopers, a type of moth caterpillar. We were just talking about them on another forum, let's ask @mellielong what she thinks.

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 26, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Thanks Christine, I noticed they have three sets of legs in the front and it looks like two sets in the rear.
Chris
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Mar 26, 2017 5:19 PM CST
It looks like you have two kinds of caterpillars there. As for the one that's attached to the leaf, it's likely making it's pupa. I can't see where it's actually eaten any of the leaf. I only know one kind of caterpillar that actually eats Plumeria. Wouldn't it be easier to pick them off than spray everything?
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 26, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Actually it wasn't hard to spray everything with Neem oil as they're all in one place.

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Mar 26, 2017 7:26 PM CST
Sighing! People gotta stop tagging me on posts with the word "spray".
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 27, 2017 6:03 AM CST
I wonder if the different colours were because they were at different instars. If there were no holes in the leaves they probably weren't doing any damage to the plants. Caterpillars feed by chewing, so they wouldn't be turning leaves yellow, at least not without some other visible damage.
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2017 6:06 AM CST
You're probably right Sue. I did notice that as they crawled from one pot to another they'd leave a string of what appeared to be silk. Maybe it was just getting ready to spin a cocoon?
Chris
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2017 1:48 PM CST
The County Extension Agent identified my worm for me - http://texasinsects.tamu.edu/c...
Chris

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