Fuzzy Yellow Caterpillar eating Iris Leaves

nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)August 18, 2013

Yikes!

He's cute but I don't know what he is. Fuzzy yellow about an inch or more long.

Friend or foe?

He's chewing on my iris leaves but he appears to have just started as there's very little damage.

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CLBlakey

Is this him?

Here is a link that might be useful: Dagger Moth

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 6:05PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

That's not him.

He's more fuzzy looking without spikes.

Thanks for the suggestion though :)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 6:08PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Lynn, could it be a woolly caterpillar: Tiger moth. There are species that are all yellow. The adult moth is very light in color. :)

Ginny

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 6:16PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Thanks you two. Since he's so cute and there's only one of him, even if he's harmful how much harm can he do ?

It's times like these that I really should have a computer and camera that are compatible.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 6:27PM
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CLBlakey

what about this guy and he is even from Alberta and he eats irises

Here is a link that might be useful: Ctenucha virginica

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 12:28AM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Not quite CL. I think he might be a spilosoma virginica, yellow woolybear, virginian tiger moth.

Now I'll need to go searching for him to get a better look. I could have thought to take a picture even if I can't post it.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 1:48AM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

So, I've never had any interest in moths, but I've read a bit since finding the yellow woolybear caterpillar and can't see any reason not to kill it if I find it again. I generally let mostly everything be controlled by nature or hand squishing and this guy is of no benefit to my garden.

Am I right?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 5:24PM
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kioni(3)

I just came across one crawling along a big leaf of swiss chard (no evidence of munching). I just relocated him to the back of the garden and let him be. I've rarely run across more than one or 2 per season (the sandy coloured one and/or the black with brown band in the middle guy), so I don't see their numbers as too threatening. I googled what they'd look like as adults and have never seen the adult virginian moth, maybe once came across a tiger moth.

As for those numerous white cabbage butterflies flitting about all over the place, whenever I find a green slender caterpillar (and I suspect that is their larvae form) I 'rub' them out. As often as I do that, it doesn't seem to affect their population the following year!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:46PM
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