Poor Spinach

mangledmind(AZ 9B)May 21, 2010

Something was munching our spinach and for the life of me I couldn't figure it out.

Was going to grab some pics this morning and post a question to the forum asking for help. Well, thanks anyways ;),

I found the culprit and mooshed him. LOL

THE DAMAGE:

HIS LAST MEAL:

THE NOW DEAD CULPRIT:

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lazy_gardens

With that much damage on those plants, you have more than one caterpillar.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 8:29PM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

lazygardens,

please don't say that ... it took me a couple weeks to find that one ... was hoping he was just hungry :)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 11:15PM
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mangledmind(AZ 9B)

found some more this morning on the spinach and our turnips. ugh

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 12:15PM
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antm0(Sunset Zone 13)

BT works wonders. Harmless to humans and pets :)

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 4:18PM
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lazy_gardens

BT - also prevents butterflies by killing their larvae.

I had very few problems with caterpillars in the bed that was covered by bird netting: the common moths and butterflies couldn't get through the mesh to lay eggs on the plants.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 12:08PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Ugh, sorry to see the damage. I'd be tempted by Bt as well since you've probably already got a bunch of these (sorry), but I like Lazy's idea of some netting on your next crop.

Let us know what you do and how it works out. Great pics as usual by the way.

Good luck!
Grant

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 9:46PM
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