Green caterpillars

pixie_louMay 28, 2012

I'm seeing lots of green caterpillars these days. About an inch long and maybe 1/8 inch diameter. Lite green with a whitish stripe on its back and tiny white dots. Definitely has "feet". None of my butterfly books show caterpillars. And a google search isn't turning up anything useful.

Anybody have any idea what they are? Not sure if I should be thrilled to have them. Or if I should be smushing them. I took a photo but need to get the photos uploaded to my computer first.

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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

Sounds like an inchworm, which coincidentally I had just brushed off my slacks! Grows into a geometer moth -- look it up.

Carol

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 1:06PM
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pixie_lou

The ones I'm seeing are not inch worms. Inch worms only have front and back feet. The ones I'm seeing have feet the whole length of their body. Plus inch worms make that upside down U shape when they walk. Which these ones are not doing. Plus these ones are fatter than inch worms.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 5:16PM
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roxanna(z5b MA)

is this the caaterpillar you have? (VERY LAST PHOTO ON PAGE)
http://www.austinbug.com/noctuidae5.html

H10012x Psaphida sp. larva

We have more than one species of Psaphida in the area, so I don't know the exact identity of this caterpillar, but the genus characteristics are evident: translucent green, with pale white lines and dots that match this image.

Here is a link that might be useful: bug collection

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 5:29PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

What plants are you seeing these caterpillars on?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:04PM
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pixie_lou

Roxanna - that looks like the caterpillar

Nhbabs - I'm seeing them on my deck and patio of all places. Haven't seem them on a plant - not even on my seedlings or any of my containers.

They almost look like a winter moth caterpillar - but like 10x bigger.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2012 at 7:54PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing, (not sure if what I see has a white stripe) but at this time of year I always see little green worms, usually hanging down from... trees, I guess. The worst part is that you ususually see them three inches in front of your nose just before you walk into them! Funny, I've never bothered to look into what they were, but I've seem them ever since I was a kid.

Dee

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 9:37PM
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pixie_lou

finally - a picture of my little guy. On a washcloth, sitting on my kitchen counter.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2012 at 10:27PM
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capecodder(z6 MA)

I've got cats like that on my heuchera, merrily chewing away. I dispatch them on sight.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 2:34PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I saw something like that on a small wild cherry tree yesterday. When I bent over to look closely it dropped off and disappeared. At first I thought it had dropped into my shirt pocket or my shoe (loose Crocs), but after some intense searching I decided it had hidden itself in the vegetation. I didn't really want to find a caterpillar crawling out of my pocket later that day.

Claire

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 4:45PM
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gardenbear1(6 Ma.)

I find them every year eating my azalea, I was using Bayer 3 in 1 but this year I can't find it at lowes so I pick them off my hand and drop them in a can of vinger water

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 12:44PM
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capecodder(z6 MA)

I saw a Bayer 2-in-1 at Lowes recently, now I'm wondering what happened to the 3-in-1!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 8:43PM
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