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05/07/2014 at 15:59
These caterpillars are very distinctive but I'm having no joy with caterpillar ID sites. Any ideas?
05/07/2014 at 16:01

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51694.jpg?width=274&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51695.jpg?width=274&height=350&mode=max

 

05/07/2014 at 16:02

My first guess would be these http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=698 - if not, can you post us a photograph please? 

05/07/2014 at 16:02

Ah, you beat me to it, and yes, Soloman's Seal Sawfly larvae as in the link. 

05/07/2014 at 16:04

Thanks! Had trouble posting the pics at first but that looks like them. If they were something more pleasant I'd have left them but I think they can come off!

 

05/07/2014 at 16:06

Have you or the neighbours got any chickens?  They'd love them 

05/07/2014 at 16:11

You need to inspect and remove these sawfly larvae every day once you notice them - they are voracious and will completely defoliate the plants if left.  They are very, very good at hiding!

05/07/2014 at 16:19
I just let mine get on with it as they always appear after the flowers are done and the plants never fail to spring up again, undaunted, next year.
05/07/2014 at 16:27

Thanks! I've removed as many as I can find and I'll try and get out there every day.

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