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Does any one know what these are...there are loads of them under the camelia leaves .......each year there is an infestaion of cabbage worm in the garden i care for (i think they are cabbage worm..longish green type caterpillars)...are these the eggs.....????
they are even under the eleagnus leaves.....i sprayed with detergent and water hoping it would lodge them off but nothing happened...if they are cabbage worm i want to nip them in the bud before they can do much damage......in fact whatever they are i am sure they need dealing with....any ideas?????
If spraying isnt doing anything and you cant bear to touch them to lift them off, go get a good pair of sharp scissors and give them what for
What are cabbage worms?
I will need to be very patient..i think there could be well over a hundred of them...hehehe
They grow into those white butterflies nutcutlet....
I'd rather find out what something is before I go around killing things indiscriminately.
If you read this thread http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/fruit-andamp-veg/red-currant--spikey-caterpillars/98011.html you'll get what I'm on about.
Let's try to identify them - anyone got any ideas?
Flowerbird- I've never heard of cabbage worms either - do you mean cabbage butterfly caterpillars?
Well i just googled cabbage worm and they're cabbage white butterfly larvae
caterpillars to you and me.
Those aren't cabbage white eggs, they're small and yellow, like these
Sorry - your post wasn't there when I asked. The small cabbage white has green caterpillars. The big one has hairy caterpillars I think
Camelia leaf caterpillars, get the scissors out
Over a hundred doesn't sound too much of an infestation. They will have been laid there to eat the leaves. I'd have towait and see what they turn into.
Having checked the RHS page on Camellia problems, I think these are the eggs of the cushion scale insect.
If you click on the 5th picture along on this page http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=771 you'll see what I mean.
Spot on buddy boy...there are hundreds of them...they move onto all the bedding plants eventually and devour them....think i willl have to take as many leaves off the camelia as possible...even if it makes it look bald....i can prune back the eleagnus and then see whats what.....
thanks everyone i appreciate all the feedback....i recognise the camelia caterpillars from last year all over the geraniums with there knives and forks....
maybe i could put all the leaves in a wild spot further down the road and they can hatch there....
Just check my last post before you do that - I think you may have a scale insect infestation on your camellia - the adult scale insects will be on the branches of the camellias. They're pretty well disguised. You'll need to treat the adults or they'll weaken your camellia.
You may well have cabbage white butterfly caterpillars on other plants in your garden, but what you have on your camellia is not them.
Cheers Flowerbird ,but I mean for you to cut the caterpillars not the leaves I hope you are not squeamish
Those aren't caterpillars! They're scale insect eggs!!!
Bashing head against brick wall type smiley needed!!! LOL
Dove's right Flowerbird - the cabbage caterpillars will be on other plants - they're very common - but the eggs are as the pic she posted. I have quite a few here laying their little eggs. Different from what you have on the Camellia. Encourage the birds in for a tasty meal!
I wont go there fairygirl Flowerbird you are correct
Hehehehe.....good chatting to you all....x x x