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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