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  • OT: ENOUGH! or a war on caterpillars

    In the picture is a Saddleback caterpillar. They're covered in hollow spines that inject venom when you touch them. They like to hang out on the undersides of leaves where you can't see them, and seem to eat just about anything. I've been stung twice in the last 24 hours, once at work and once at home. Hurts quite a bit and for a while. At least the ones at my house seem to have all been parasitized by wasps. I usually have a live and let live policy for insects, but these guys are going down. I have seen them on raspberries, pears, pawpaws, burning bush, aronia, and blueberries.
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    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

  • #2
    That looks like it would hurt. Good luck getting rid of them, Kelby.
    Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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    • #3
      Kelby,

      The white things on the back are the wasp larvae correct?
      Cutting sales start Nov 1 at 9PM eastern time as always at willsfigs.com

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      • #4
        You got it Wills. They aren't getting squashed since they already have a death sentence, muahaha. Here's one I found that wasn't parasitized.
        Attached Files
        https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
        SE PA
        Zone 6

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        • #5
          What do they turn into once they metamorphosize?
          Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

          “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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          • #6
            A rather boring moth from what I've seen online, don't think I've seen one in person.
            https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
            SE PA
            Zone 6

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            • #7
              Interesting.

              It's a fascinating looking caterpillar. We don't have anything like that in my area.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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              • #8
                Haven't seen anything like that on mine...but horned tomato worms have been a plague this year.
                Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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                • #9
                  I have seen a couple pretty bad allergic reactions to those, one needing serious ER care. I just get mild burning of the skin where touched
                  Ed
                  SW PA zone 6a

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                  • #10
                    Ugly looking bug.
                    Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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                    • #11
                      Try applying fig sap the next time you get stung.
                      Littleton, CO (zone 5b) - In Containers
                      N.E. of Austin, TX (zone 8b)- In Ground.

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                      • #12
                        Would BT toxin work on those? It's pretty caterpillar-specific, safe for humans.
                        Sarah
                        Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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                        • Kelby
                          Kelby commented
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                          It should, but I have milkweed and monarch caterpillars here and there.
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