Milkweed Tussock Moth

SlatewiperAugust 19, 2014

I've got a few Tropical Milkweed covered in this moth's caterpillars? I realize they are native but does anybody do anything about it? Or should I just let them be?

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

You could put the caterpillars on some native milkweed and pull up the tropical.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 5:22PM
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Slatewiper

I'm more concerned with the notion they might destroy my milkweed right when the Monarchs need it most. I had roughly 10 adult Monarchs in my garden today many of which were laying eggs.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:30PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

10 Monarchs all at once? That's incredible. I'd watch to see how many Tussock cats you have. I generally leave everything to nature, except to bring Monarch cats in to raise. But, those Tussock moths can be destructive. It depends on the numbers of eggs that get laid.

Martha

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:50PM
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Slatewiper

I didn't see my first Monarch till about a month ago. Then last week I noticed a large number of very big cats in one of my milkweed patches. Now I have adults coming out of my ears.

As far as the Tussock Moths are concerned I'd say I have about 30 cats all on one plant. They seem to stay together on the same leaf till it's gone then move en mass to the next leaf.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:03AM
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