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09/11/2013 at 17:27

Hi, just been today clearing the last of the summer annuals in the my raised flower beds, and I have found quite a lot of caterpillars. They were about half to an inch long and a kind of pale dirty olive green colour

I was throwing them on the grass, much to the robins delight. The plants I had in there were french marigolds, lobelia and silver dust.

Any idea what the caterpillars might have been?

09/11/2013 at 18:15

Hard to tell without a photo - were they on plants or in the soil?

09/11/2013 at 18:29

Hi DFA, in the soil, curled up

09/11/2013 at 18:47

we need a photo

09/11/2013 at 19:37

Did they look like this?

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33843.jpg?width=168&height=280&mode=max

If so it's a leatherjacket (larvae of crane fly) and you did exactly the right thing - let the birds have them.

But can you find some more and show us a photo just to be sure?

 

09/11/2013 at 21:03

thats em! I have just crossed ref. it with Goggle Image. I do not think I'll find anymore, thats me finished clearing borders and raised flower beds for this year.

Thanks for your help Dovefromabove, coo coo

09/11/2013 at 21:24

Little blighters - but a nice dinner for the robin.

10/11/2013 at 16:44

starlings love them too!

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