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11/08/2013 at 22:51

Trying to be an organic/friendly gardener.... New red currant bush planted this year did not fruit, top leaves got tight, dry and curly so I kept hosing off!! Caterpillars have established that look like spikey bird poo's!! They are obviously munching away, ok to leave them now? Will this effect next years crop?? 

12/08/2013 at 00:08

Gooseberry sawfly raspberry fool.    It will, in my opinion, affect next year's crop.  I feed well when this happens and water well to encourage fresh growth ASAP.

12/08/2013 at 09:17

Ha typical went outside to get a photo and there isn't a single one on there today?!?!  Saw about 5 Yesterday!?!  I don't think they were saw fly as I have them on my gooseberry each year!! These critters were hairy & spikey, with brown at one end white at the other? Oh well to feed the bushes :0)

12/08/2013 at 09:52

You say spikey bird poos, gooseberry saw fly caterpillars aren't spikey. Peacock butterfly caterpillars are spikey and black and white.

22/08/2013 at 09:15

I have just found exactly the same thing on my redcurrants.  Only found 2 caterpillars, but they are very hairy and on their back they are a brownish red at the head end which changes to white at the tail end.  Have found other little green ones too which I have had on my gooseberrys and might be the sawfly mentioned earlier.  They seem to be munching side by side!

22/08/2013 at 10:19
25/08/2013 at 18:09

No defo not peacock caterpillars! 

10/06/2014 at 16:15
And so in 2013 I didn't know what these were, so in 2014 I have kept the chrysalis from the caterpillar and they have now appeared ...........comma butterflies!!
10/06/2014 at 16:16

How wonderful - lucky you 

10/06/2014 at 16:59

Thank you for letting us know. So often people don't, when I really want to know what happened in the end. Clever you to keep the chrysalis safe and see the butterflies. At least Dove and I guessed butterflies!

10/06/2014 at 17:22

urgh yuk Dove ! That video not nice lol thank The Lord, I haven't got them or at least not in that number 

10/06/2014 at 17:28

They're lovely. Man's fear/dislike of insects and killing anything we don't like the look of has brought us to a state of being over run by pests and  dependant on spraying. 

10/06/2014 at 17:30


10/06/2014 at 17:34

Totally organic garden, overrun by My beautiful ladybirds, blackbird and family of robins .......but I have to say that I couldn't go out in the garden if I saw that lot ! Shiver shiver ( until they'd turned into big beauties of course, then I'd love em. 

10/06/2014 at 17:36

Glad to hear you're not spraying them to show your dislike Flora

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