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Found these fantastic caterpillars on a self-seeded mullein growing out of the side of a raised bed in our vegetable patch and had to look up on the internet what they were. Will be leaving them in peace to do their stuff on the mullein and hatch out into the adults. The caterpillars really are fantastic and voraciouis eaters, if they finish the mullein, there is an old buddleia nearby that they can feast on. Our gardens are to share and my children will learn from watching these wonderful insects develop!
I actually only grow the native Mullein specifically for the moths. They make a dreadful mess of the plants, but so what. In a garden this size we can hide things like that at the back of a deep border and no one but us sees it.
My garden is for the native inhabitants. The enjoyment that brings to me and like minded visitors is worth any destruction of leaves
I've just found a couple of these caterpillars on in my garden....and if I can't share my garden with wonderful wildlife, then I'm not doing very well! Love plants, love wildlife, everything welcome here!
In one of the gardens I work in we leave all the wild mullein to grow and when the caterpillars appear on the cultivated ones we just transfer.
Found this tho http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/problems/flowers/mullein-moth/406.html
I have also found two of these lovely caterpillars on my buddleia.. Now I know what they are, I keep going out to check they are still there! I shall be devastated if the birds find them. Live and let live!
What plants should I transfer them to?
Wild Mullein as opposed to the cultivated varieties. This one http://wildedibleandmedicinalplants.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/mullein.html
I think if you google mullein moth there will be photos.
you could start here
I was very proud of my mullion moth caterpillers on the verbascum, only to look on the homepage here where they say destroy them with sprays, why ever do that?
I suppose that for some people the plants are more important than the moths, instead of regarding them as complementary
I have had a glorious collection of the checkerboard caterpillars this year. Now the plants have been eaten, and cut back, they are starting to resprout. Can't see any caterpillars at the moment - is that because they are all moths now? And will there be another generation of caterpillars this year, or are they a spring thing?
They'll be pupating underground - think it'll take quite a while before they appear as moths, according to Wiki it can take up to 5 years, but I don't know how reliable that is
5 Years! gosh, no digging to be done there then.
My verbascum is now full of holes...after 17 of these beasties had fun munching their way through the plant. But, I never use chemicals, enjoy seeing all sorts of insects & creatures, so I picked off all the leaves with a caterpillar on & then poked them through the wire fence at the bottom of my garden, which seperates me from a field. Hopefully they had enough leaves to feed on, & can easily pupate underground.