Worms de-nuding my White Pine!

ilikemud_2007May 7, 2007

My poor White Pine has been infested in late summer with these tiny (1/2" long) yellowy/orange worms. This past year they almost ate every needle. The tree still looks pitiful.

What are they? and how do I keep them off my tree?

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esh_ga

One source says that sawfly larvae feed on white pine. Apparently they can come in all different colors. One reference said "Sawfly larvae caterpillars are variously colored but generally feed in groups on the needles. Some sawfly larvae will flex or rear back in unison when disturbed."

Here is a link that might be useful: Sawfly larvae (from Chattahoochee Nature Center)

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 9:40PM
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alex_7b(7b/8a)

I had something similar, but different infest CA Christmas Trees. Killed 'em. They were fond also of slash pine, but not loblolly or LL (thankfully).

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 8:18AM
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ilikemud_2007

Yes that's it! Nasty little things

    Bookmark   May 9, 2007 at 6:45PM
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