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Kate you are a real softie,Old chippy I love moths. Possibly a bit scary as they move so fast but so beautiful. I particularly like their ability to disguise themselves and keep perfectly still @oldchippy I know, but what can you do?@2 I love their ability to disguise thmeselves ...
The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth are a real pest, but I couldn't contemplate killing them. I find myself in this situation regularly. So many so-called pests are creatures I'm quite happy to live alongside and I do so without a second
Despite the attentions of the cabbage white caterpillars my Brussels sprouts are doing really well. I think the calabrese acted as a kind of sacrificial crop, as the cabbage whites have gone for these first, the cabbages second and the Brussels last
. The branches are bare of leaves and several of the bushes are completely defoliated. The culprits are not hard to spot: small speckled greyish sawfly caterpillars. If they keep on like this B. thunbergii is doomed.
feeding on plants at night, and finding their caterpillars amongst the foliage. Just four years ago my garden was paved over, so finding moths here feels like real progress.Sadly, few gardeners welcome moths as warmly as they do butterflies
Dug up these in badly compacted lawn today. Anyone know what they are and if they indicate a problem or not? Small lawn has been sown two years in a row, April 2010 and April/May 2011. Whenever it gets to Spring more than half the lawn disappears and I'm left with just hard c...
Good idea, Kate. My nettle patches are growing strongly now so i should be able to harvest some and leave the rest for the caterpillars till I cut them in June. I saw my first Speckled wood butterfly this morning - near my potting shed which
nibbled by caterpillars and I don't have any white foxgloves.The planting schemes in many of the gardens this year were superb. The Bradstone Biodiversity Garden was richly planted with cirsium, alliums, aquilegia and iris, and it seemed to be doing
The mature stage of certain caterpillars.