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13/02/2014 at 19:26

Good evening everyone, does anyone know what the green catty is, that is scoffing my Iris Stylosa and my polyanthus ? It is deep green and mid size for a caterpillar. With a very large appetite!!!

13/02/2014 at 19:42

Quite a few species can overwinter - they eat when it's warm and just curl up under leaves when it gets cold.  Any chance of a photo?

15/02/2014 at 11:24

Hi Bob, Have not taken pic as yet. Just removed to a different spot. They are hard to spot as they mimic the exact green they are eating. Hope everyone escaped too much damage to their gardens. I,m in Cambridgeshire and have been very lucky.

15/02/2014 at 12:30

I found a beauty inside one of my Helleborus niger flowers. As it's the first time I've ever got these to re-flower I moved the caterpillar to a H. orientalis flower, I felt I could spare one of those. I should have taken its photo and IDd it but I didn't


15/02/2014 at 13:40

My camera is at the ready should one hungry caterpillar climb up and chomp my prized I.unguicularis bloom

15/02/2014 at 15:17

I've just had a look at my Iris unguicularis. Lots of healthy looking leaves, where are my flowers? I wonder if it's anything to do with being walked on and the Sadolins wood treatment it got last summer.

No, I didn't go outside, I can see from a window

15/02/2014 at 15:43

Hi nutcutlet, up until the dreaded green cattys I had the best display of said Iris ever. Buds still coming up in abundance BUT somewhere lurking in the leafage is the enemy.

No I,m not going outside either. Been out once to retrieve whopping great tarpaulin wrapped around my Acer. Enough. And it,s perishing.

15/02/2014 at 15:56

I have to preserve my caterpillars, I just redirect them. I need to see all the moths and butterflies next year. I wonder when these pupate.

I'm not far from you I think, near Peterborough


15/02/2014 at 16:23

Yes we,re in the same area. I,m between Peterboro and Cambridge. I don,t kill anything either but I do transport them. Having a drop of rain now, just for a change !!!!

15/02/2014 at 17:07

Have you looked up the angle shades moth caterpillar? I have lots of caterpillars of this moth which are very active at the moment and seem to munch anything. Not good for your plants, but a lovely moth. I have left mine to nibble away.

15/02/2014 at 17:33

I'll check those out MM, we had the moths in summer

15/02/2014 at 17:36

I should have taken a photo I think it had some brownish marks on it but the same style of caterpillar

15/02/2014 at 17:54

I think the caterpillar varies and there is a brown form. I think because it is mild there are a few caterpillars about being more active. Here is a picture of one of mine.



15/02/2014 at 18:00

I think it's very likely it was an angle shades

15/02/2014 at 19:17

Hi MM, yes, that is the little culprit. And I have seen a brownish version.Thank you. I shall look forward to seeing the adult Angle shade.

15/02/2014 at 19:23

What a juicy beauty!  Tit' s will just fall on those.

15/02/2014 at 19:50

They will Hester, probably already eaten  it

20/04/2016 at 14:01

Sorry, had to kill all the ones I found in my garden (Nr Norwich), they were decimating my polyanthus and primroses, also had some dropping off my overwintering geraniums.

20/04/2016 at 14:14

Pop them on the bird table Micki

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