What was eating my tillandsia? Weird and gross...

ChemGardner(10a SWFL)December 29, 2011

I received 5 glass hanging orbs as an Xmas gift. They are from west elm and are very cool. To get my tillandsias ready for their new home, I trimmed their roots and pulled off some old leaves. I keep them indoors on the top of a mirror, and generally mist them 2-3 times a week, pretty standard.

While inspecting one tillandsia, I noticed some tiny brown round dots near the base, in between several of the lower leaves. I peaked in by pulling the leaf back a bit and it revealed many more brown 'things'. I could not tell whether they were eggs, or bugs, but they did not seem to be moving. (and did not appear to be scale). In one particularly heavy area of spots, the leaf seemed to be eaten away.

I mixed a small bowl of water with a touch of soap to dunk the plant in hopes of washing of whatever was on it. After two dunks, I decided to place it under the faucet. During that time, I caught a glimpse of movement, and upon further inspection, there was a small worm living in my air plant, ostensibly for quite a while now, since I bought it in mid November and it has been alone, indoors ever since.

Any guesses on the worm, and/or the brown spots?

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splinter1804

Hi everyone,

ChemGardener - It's not all that clear from your picture and without a close-up, its hard to say definitely; but I would guess that what you have there is not a worm but some type of small caterpillar.

It's this that has been eating the leaves as to the best of my knowledge I've never heard of worms eating leaves.

The tiny brown "things" I think were probably caterpillar "poop"

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 3:06PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

You may want to try and post this in the Garden Clinic Forum. Many folks there to ID pests.

tj

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 4:49PM
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